A vegan is a person who has decided not to consume or wear animal products of any kind. Vegans do not eat meat, including chicken and fish. Vegans also do not eat dairy or eggs. They do not believe that an animal should have to die or suffer for us to eat. It is perfectly possible for humans to live healthy and happy lives on a plant -based diet.
The vegan diet is nutritionally deficient as it leaves out major food groups.
All the nutrients that human beings need to survive and thrive can be found in a plant-based diet.
Vegans are unhealthy
A plant -based diet is very good for your health. Science -based research indicates that you should eat a diet based on fruit and vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain, rice and other cereals. The American Dietetic Association and the American Medical Association both agree that one can life healthily on a vegan diet (there is a caveat here , however, on taking B12 supplements).
We need meat to be healthy
As Jeffrey Masson (author of ‘The Face on Your Plate’) says, animal -based products can be detrimental for our health. Meat eating has been implicated in increased blood cholesterol levels and it heightens your chances of high blood pressure and heart disease. Type 2 diabetes, prostate and colon cancer are also higher in those who consume meat compared to vegetarians.
Vegans try to force their views on others
Manyvegans have valid concerns about the impact of meat eating on the animals and the environment. They are trying to raise awareness of these issues so that we live sustainably within Earth’s limits.
As demonstrated in the recent documentary ‘Cowspiracy’, animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change. Animal agriculture also causes desertification, fresh water pollution and depletion, habitat destruction and consequent biodiversity loss. We are not entering the Anthropcene- the period where changes to the Earth’s regulatory systems like climate- are being altered irreversibly through human actions.
Vegans are also fighting for the rights of animals who are trapped in agribusiness and have absolutely no voice. Bobby calves rely on us to speak out about their plight as they cannot fight for themselves. The same goes for laying hens imprisoned in cages so small they cannot stretch their wings;pigs who live in crates throughout endless cycles of pregnancy and birth; and boiler chickens who live In crowded barns or cages and have been genetically bred to grow too big for their legs and hearts to support them