10 FACTS ABOUT THE VEGAN DIET

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

As the interest in the vegan diet (and lifestyle) seems to be getting stronger and stronger over the last year or so and I feel great eating a plantbased diet, I thought I'd do a bit of a different post today and share 10 facts about the vegan diet! These facts only revolve around the idea of not eating animal products, so they do not include facts about a vegan lifestyle in general (like not buying non-food related animal by-products like leather, wool, etc. either) I just thought these were interesting to share - what are your thoughts on this subject?

1. One year's worth of showering equals to the amount of water needed to produce one pound of beef. 

2. Many green vegetables (kale, broccoli, spinach...) contain 50% calcium, whereas milk only has 32% of calcium! On top of that, our body has an incredibly hard time actually using the calcium from dairy and calcium absorption from vegetables is much less work for it.

3. Eating a plantbased diet allows you to eat more! Due to plantbased foods being naturally lower in calories (especially calories from fat), you can automatically eat more throughout the day without overloading on your daily caloric need. Especially animal foods like dairy (milk, cheese, butter) are naturally high in fat and calories, opposed to plantbased milks, margarine or even some dairy-free cheeses.

4. According to PETA, eating a vegan diet will save an average of 198 (!!) animals a year!

5. Animal farming is worse for our planet and the climate than all cars, planes, trains and boats combined.

6. Oreos are vegan! And don't they taste fantastic?!

7. People eating a vegan diet are a lot less likely to suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressures, certain kinds of cancer and heart disease.

8. It is often said that vegans are at higher risk of having low iron levels, but it has been found out that an important factor playing into iron deficiency is people consuming dairy! Dairy hinders the iron absorption of different foods, so eating a plantbased diet is actually more iron-absorption-friendly.

9. Several researches have found out that a vegan diet can feed by far more people than an omnivore diet. On one acre of land, 20 000 pounds of potatoes can be grown, whereas 165 pounds of beef can be produced with the same amount of land!

10. Often, people consuming a plantbased diet have a better body odour than omnivores.


PS: All of the facts above were found on several different platforms on the internet, they are not my own. Sources used: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

13 comments

  1. Most of that sounds good and I have been interested in becoming vegetarian/vegan for some months but I don't know enough about nutrition to drop so many aliments off my diet. I don't eat much meat or dairy but there are some things like smoked salmon, salami and philadelphia cheese that I don't want to stop eating...
    I really liked this post :)

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    1. Hey! I'm glad you liked it :) When it comes to your nutrition, it's really not as hard as it seems! If you are indeed interesting in moving towards a vegan (or vegetarian or any kind of diet change) diet, then just take it step by step, day by day! There's a ton of great documentaries you can watch online and one of my favourite tumblrs is www.vegan-hippie.tumblr.com, she's written whole posts about what you need to know nutrition-wise. And if those are some things you can't/don't want to drop (yet?) then don't, if you ever want to go that far, the time will come! It took me quite a while as well and the whole of last year i still accidentally (or also not that accidentally) ate animal products - it takes time but now i am for example no longer tempted whatsoever as i simply don't see animal products as food anymore :)

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  2. perhaps providing links to the sources where you found this information would make it more legit and give more of an impact

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    1. if you are interested in the sources i used for this, i can provide you with a few links but i'm not sure i'll be able to find them all again very quickly as i searched for some stuff for quite a bit :)

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  3. Point 6 is definitely my favourite haha :D would have never guessed that! Awesome!

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  4. It ia also said that vegan people are more evoluted espiritually. Did you know?
    Now, I'm curious. Do you have a religion?

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    1. That's very interesting and i've heard about that as well sometimes.. I've been an antheist for years now and i like to say that i believe in science :) there are definitely people whose mindsets have changed a lot when they started eating a vegan diet! I myself can say that i see nature and our planet in general as a lot more fascinating than i used to. I really do believe that nature has provided us with everything we need and i'm convinced that going against it will only end up hurting us in the long run!

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    2. I totally agree with you! Its like all (or almost big part of what) we need is already in the nature and we have to keep it balanced! Eating only vegetables can help a lot!
      If fell like you can watch some of these documentaries : http://vitacruadetox.blogspot.com.br/p/filmes.html?spref=fb .
      The blog is in portuguese but the videos are in english. Hope you like it! They talk about nourishment and veganism and health and a lot of other things!

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    3. thank you, I'll have a look at it! :)

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  5. Wow, that was super interesting! I didn't know many of these points and especially Nr. 2 surprised me! Good to know :)
    xx

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  6. Interesting post! I'm currently working on a farm factory presentation for my english class and some of your point will also be included there. Also I'm trying to reduce meat on my weekly menu, as a first step in the right direction :)

    x Claude

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