Vegan Lifestyle Beyond Diet Abstains from eating all meat, fish, or fowl, as well as any other foods of animal origin Conscious effort to avoid all forms of exploitation, harm, and cruelty to animals.
Why be vegan? Possible benefits of Veganism Improved Health Improved Health Environmental Impact Environmental Impact Cruelty to Animal Cruelty to Animal Personal Personal
Health The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada state “ plant-based diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
Pop Quiz Which has more cholesterol? 3oz of Red Meat 3oz of Chicken Breast 3oz of Tuna
Lower Rates Vegans also have lower rates of the following health problems: Death from Heart Disease Colon Cancer Cholesterol Levels Hypertension Blood Pressure Prostate Cancer Type 2 Diabetes Dementia
Improves ImmunityAllergiesEnergy Digestive Health
WATER POLLUTION A Sierra Club report compiled after nearly three years of reviewing state and federal regulatory agencies’ records found: “Millions of gallons of liquefied feces and urine seeped into the environment from collapsed, leaking or overflowing storage lagoons, and flowed into rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater.” * The Rap Sheet on Animal Factories, Sierra Club, 2002
Pollution disrupts aquatic ecosystems damages crops damages crops Dead Zones Dead Zones ruins soil quality ruins soil quality jeopardizes human hea lth
Water Conservation 1 pound of beef requires : 1,799 Gallons of Water 1 gallon of milk requires: 880 Gallons of Water * national geographic
Sustainability & Hunger kills wildlife kills wildlifeDeforestation Animals raised for food eat as many as 16 lbs. of grain to create just 1 lb. of edible flesh.
Cruelty to Animals - The way we raise animals for food Factory Farms or CAFO Factory Farms or CAFO - 98% farmed animal have no protection
CRUEL PRACTICES - Birds are debeaked at a few days old - Tail Docking - Dehorning soft skull tissue - Castration - Forced Molting
Protein It's a nutrient not a food It's a nutrient not a food Based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet - 50 to 175 grams a day Complete Proteins – amaranth, buckwheat, hempseed, soybeans, quinoa, and spirulina
Plant Based Protein Soybeans Beans Seeds Nuts Nut Butters Quinoa
Calcium Americans, whose calcium intake is among the highest in the world, also have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis.
Plant Based Calcium Bok Choy Broccoli Tofu Tahini Fortified Milk Substitutes Unhulled Sesame Seeds Dark Leafy Greens
Notable Nutrients B-12 Chlorella, Miso, Nutritional Yeast, and Fortified Milks, Cereals, etc. Iron Spinach, Legumes, Pumpkin Seeds Iodine Sea Vegetables – Dulse Zinc Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Beans, Soy
Other Plant Based Substitutions Veggie Burgers Seitan (SAY-tan) Vegan Mayo Hummus Grains Daiya Milks Tempeh Dairy Free Ice-Cream Tofurky
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Closing Until we establish a felt sense of kinship between our own species and those fellow mortals who share with us the sun and shadow of life on this agonized planet, there is no hope for other species, there is no hope for the environment, and there is no hope for ourselves. ~Jon Wynne- Tyson