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Top 10 Reasons to Go Vegan in the New Year

Many people’s New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating better, getting healthier, and doing more to make the world a better place. The good news is that you can accomplish all these goals by switching to a vegan diet—and you’ll enjoy delicious, satisfying meals as well. Here are our top 10 reasons to go vegan this year:

  1. Slim down and become energized: Is shedding some extra pounds first on your list of goals for the new year? Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters are. And unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired (and usually don’t keep the pounds off for long), going vegan is the healthy way to keep the excess fat off for good while leaving you with plenty of energy.
  2. It’s the best way to help animals: Did you know that every vegan saves more than 100 animals a year? There is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing vegan foods over meateggs, and dairy products.
  3. A healthier, happier you: A vegan diet is great for your health! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart diseasecancerdiabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Vegans get all the nutrients that they need to be healthy, such as plant protein, fiber, and minerals, without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, such as cholesterol and saturated animal fat.
  4. Vegan food is delicious: So you’re worried that if you go vegan, you’ll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won’t. As the demand for vegan food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy-product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and don’t hurt any animals. Plus, we have a list of some of our favorite products and thousands of tasty kitchen-tested recipes to help you get started!
  5. Meat is gross: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids—all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacterium that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever.
  6. Help feed the world: Eating meat doesn’t just hurt animals—it hurts people, too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people who go vegan, the better able we’ll be to feed the hungry.
  7. Save the planet: Meat is not green. Consuming meat is actually one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth. It is wasteful and causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” car in the fight against climate change.
  8. All the cool kids are doing it: The list of stars who shun animal flesh is basically a “who’s who” of today’s hottest celebs. Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Al Gore, Flo Rida, Tobey Maguire, Shania Twain, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell, Alyssa Milano, Common, Joss Stone, Anne Hathaway, and Carrie Underwood are just some of the famous vegans and vegetarians who regularly appear in People magazine.
  9. Look sexy and be sexy: Vegans tend to be thinner than meat-eaters and have more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with your special someone. (Guys: The cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products don’t just clog the arteries to your heart. Over time, they impede blood flow to other vital organs as well.) Plus, what’s sexier than someone who is not only mega-hot but also compassionate?
  10. Pigs are smarter than your dog: Although most people are less familiar with pigschickensfish, and cows than they are with dogs and cats, animals used for food are every bit as intelligent and able to suffer as the animals who share our homes are. Pigs can learn to play video games, and chickens are so smart that their intelligence has been compared by scientists to that of monkeys.

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  • christopher salazar says:

    I’ve always loved animals but until my sister showed me the truth about the abuse that these innocent animals go through everyday I realized the truth. Animals are our equals, I dont understand why they are treated this way. I always wonder why people can kill deer in order to maintain their population under control. There are 7billion people on earth, maybe we should stop taking all the space and actually share the earth with animals like we are supposed to. I’ve been vegetarian for three years and am now starting to be vegan. :) REAL MEN EAT PLANTS

  • Karen says:

    Paula: Fish are high in omega 3 because of the spirulina (fresh water)and/or seaweed (salt water) that those fish eat. There is a product by LifeStream which is pure Omega 3 extracted from the same spirulina/seaweed – direct from the source, vegan and fish fiendly! Regards,
    Karen.

  • Taryne says:

    I never really missed meat ever since I became veg. I mean eating meat=eating murdered animals.

  • Failure says:

    “It’s disgusting but true: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids” 1. If your meat has never had blood or other bodily fluids in it at some point, then it is not meat. That is how flesh grows and gets nutrients. If it is contaminated with feces, that means that you ate the flesh too close to the stomach or intestines and nicked the organs and tainted all of the meat. There is more feces in plant cells rather than meaty flesh via the use of fertilizer.
    “Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever.”
    So raw chicken contains bacteria… Why do I not find this surprising…
    “Vegans tend to be thinner than meat-eaters and have more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with your special someone.”
    Yup

  • Paula says:

    No reason to call anyone “names”, we are civilized people. I am a new vegan, I have to admit that I do sometimes eat fish, salmon to be exact, for its omega-3 value, and I do love animals, but I didn’t quit eating meat for that love, but for health issues, such as high blood pressure, lack of good energy and some more. I do not miss meat at all, and have been without it for a full year today.

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