Veganism- lifestyle or just fashion statement?
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Veganism, more than a lifestyle, is becoming a trend. An increasing number of people are being influenced by this movement and changing their eating habits accordingly. There are two main reasons for people to become vegan: First, because of health issues. Vegan diets are known to contain less satured fat and a higher content of many important nutrients like fibre, vitamins C and E and magnesium. Even though obesity does not have a direct connection with meat consumption, vegans are usually healthier. Second, there are some undeniable health benefits. People turn vegan because they want to lose weight and despite the controversy, it actually works. Thed diet is rich in fibre, which delays stomach emptying and feelings of hunger. Vegans are also in less of a risk of developing colorectal cancer as well as less likely to suffer from high blood pressure and arthritis. Additionally, there is the ethical perspective. Killing animals or torturing them to feed humans is just incomprehensible for a vegan. Sustainability is also a key point: the environmental benefits are considerable, such as the more efficient use of land and water or the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and global hunger. Statistics back this up: raising animals for food uses 45% of Earth’s total land and is responsible for up to 91% of the Amazon forest destruction; 80-90% of the water consumption is due to animal agriculture and, last but not least, 82% of the starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals while they are eaten by us. The most common argument of a non-vegan is that one single person can’t really make a change. If everyone had the same viewpoint, however, there would be no hope. It is true that one person is easier to ignore, but millions of people together aren’t. In the UK, 2.6% to 3.3% of the whole population is vegan, which does not seem to be much, but there are countries that go up to 40%.
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