7 Reasons You Should Go Vegan

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When most people hear the word vegan they think of health extremists that shut themselves away in caves just to wallow in their own health righteousness. But this is not the case, and it is becoming more widely recognized that everyone can benefit from a vegan lifestyle, not just those who thrive on depriving themselves.

Here are some reasons that might inspire you to adopt a more vegan-like diet:

Cut down fat

A vegan diet encourages you to cook with good fats like olive oil and other monounsaturated fats that are not only good for you, but essential. Veganism also cuts out all the fats that are bad for you and your cholesterol.

Spend less

Grabbing a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant a few times a week can really start to make a dent in your bottom line. There aren’t as many vegan options at fast food joints and even restaurants, making it easier for you to make the decision to eat at home.

Eat more fruits and vegetables

Because a vegan diet doesn’t include so many staples the American diet commonly uses, you’ll find yourself substituting pepperoni with caramelized onions, and ground beef with black beans, helping you finally get all those fruits and vegetables servings the food pyramid is always guilting you into getting.

Lose weight

Most vegans have a lower Body Mass Index as well as a healthier weight than other Americans because they are eliminating food that is so bad for us. Vegans have also been shown to have a higher level of energy due to all the healthy food they are consuming.

Eliminate hormone consumption

In modern agriculture there are so many hormones and antibiotics that are given to our livestock to grow them big and as fast as possible. This is great for large agriculture companies, but it is bad for us because these extra hormones and antibiotics have proven to disrupt the natural balance of your hormones, even causing tumors to grow.

Get a varied amount of protein

Finding protein as a vegan isn’t as hard as most people think it is. Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, soy products, quinoa and many more foods add protein to a vegan diet. Actually, vegans typically have more of the 20 essential amino acids that are required to build protein in the body because they get their protein from all different sources. Americans who don’t follow a vegan diet typically consume a large amount of one kind of protein—in fact it’s usually too large and Americans on average eat too much protein for their body to handle.

Longer Life

Several studies have indicated that those who follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle live an average of 3 to 6 years longer than those who don’t.

Even if you never end up going all vegan, adding a vegan meal or a vegan day into your week can literally add years onto your life.

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