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More than a lifestyle: Veganism

The veganism is not a common diet used only for losing weight, it is much more a life style, a decision taken mainly for three reasons: animals, health and environment. Amanda Maguire, a long time vegan and food blogger, explains her own experience around the veganism. Therefore, in order to support this not so well-known kind of diet, Emily Deschanel, a renowned actress, describes how the veganism is a good way for combating the climatic change and inspires people to join the cause.

Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines. Most vegans also avoid the use of all products tested on animals, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, fur and wool. Vegan refers to either a person who follows this way of eating, or to the diet itself.

Amanda Maguire, a vegan woman for long time, states in ‘theveganvoice’ blog:

I love the health and environmental benefits that I believe a vegan diet provides, but that’s not what keeps me committed. Without question, my deepest connection to veganism is emotional. I am so incredibly fortunate to have a choice when it comes to what I eat, to be able to cast a vote with every dollar I spend. I know our food system is complicated and there will always be room for improvement in making more ethical purchases, but doing my best to act in a way that benefits animals, my surroundings, and also my health…it’s a win win win.

Three main reasons why people adopt the vegan diet

A vegan lifestyle involves avoiding all animal products, this includes things that are not commonly considered animal products such as gelatin, honey and even clothing that is made from wool. While this might seem to be a huge complication, those who are devout Vegans argue that harming an animal to consume what they have to offer is even worse. This makes it extremely important to take some time to really consider all of your options before you rush and either change to Veganism or start condemning the practice while you drive to the nearest burger joint.

Veganism also includes health benefits. For instance it helps to get more antioxidants, less hormones, lowers cholesterol, better cardiovascular health, decrease in saturated fats and it boosts magnesium and calcium levels. It is tested that eating animal fats raise a person’s risk of developing cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and a number of other illnesses and conditions. As a result, for vegans leaving them aside means a better lifestyle.

The third reason is related with the environmental thoughts. Vegans say that the livestock farming is expanding rather than human population, which will contribute to the global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction because more animals mean more crops are needed to feed them. In other words, a vegan believes that producing food through animal farming is inefficient, because animal feed production takes up a lot of land, fertilizer, water, and other resources – resources that could be used for feeding humans.

Emily Deschanel, the famous actress known for her work in the series ‘Bones’, bearing in mind that she is also a vegan, gives her own testimonial:

… not just because it’s healthier, but as you may or may not know, the meat industry produces more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined. Believe it or not, adopting a vegan diet has a greater impact in the fight against climate change than switching to a hybrid car or switching to energy-efficient light bulbs.

REFERENCES:

Amanda Maguire (Tuesday 26, 2013). My Thoughts on Veganism. In TheVeganVoice. Retrieved Dec. 2013 from http://theveganvoice.org/veganism-voices/my-thoughts-on-veganism/

Vegan Testimonial by Emily Deschanel (Feb 4, 2012). Retrieved December 22, 2013, from http://wisenaturally.com/2012/02/vegan-testimonial-by-emily-deschanel/

The Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet (Oct 15, 2013). In Wisenaturally. Retrieved December 22, 2013, from http://wisenaturally.com/category/vegan-2/

Jolina Hackett. Vegan- What is a vegan? What do begans eat? In About.com. Retrieved December 22, 2013, from http://vegetarian.about.com/od/glossary/g/Vegan.htm

What is a vegan diet? What are the benefits of being vegan? (12 May, 2013). In MedicalNewsToday. Retrieved December 21, 2013, from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/149636.php

Youtube. Hayden Fowler 24/4/2009. ‘Emily Deschanel Vegan Testimonial’. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWRvIGI5rJY

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