The Benefits of a Vegan Diet – The Brock Press

Have you noticed a growing variety of “meatless meat” options in the grocery store or have you seen someone buy almond milk instead of regular milk, but you can’t explain why? Everywhere we look, more and more vegan and plant-based options have popped up. We look on Instagram and famous people are recreating vegan recipes, there are ads for vegan food everywhere, and more studies are being done on the benefits of a plant-based vegan diet.

Celebrities like Billie Eilish who champion animal equality and campaign for veganism, and countless others like Rainn Wilson and Stevie Wonder to name a few, who advocate for plant-based diets could have something to do with the growing popularity of vegan and vegetarian options. When celebrities constantly post on social media and talk about things they are passionate about, they create a fandom for those things. People love to follow trends set by celebrities.

The media have also increasingly shown films and documentaries about the horrors of the animal farming industry and the benefits of a meat and animal products free lifestyle.

There is a reason behind all of this publicity and that is because there are serious health benefits to making the switch.

The film Game changers follows a series of elite vegan athletes as they train for their respective competitions and events. It highlights the benefits of a vegan diet and the effects of animal products, especially meats and leaner foods that are considered exceptionally healthy for athletes to consume and how they can negatively affect the health of the body. body. It is stated in the documentary that “vegan diets promote reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, tremendously improve heart health and vascular system.”

What most non-vegans or plant-based people don’t know is that it’s actually possible to get the same levels of protein and nutrients from a vegan diet as with an omnivorous diet. Well-planned vegan meals can provide all of the essential nutrients and vitamins needed to be a top athlete.

What is health, another vegan documentary created by filmmaker Kip Anderson, tells many other reasons why you should consider eating vegan. Anderson dived deep into the grim reality that big companies like The American Cancer Society which, “in fact to encourage eating processed meats like turkey, ham and other canned meats, ”while eating processed meats is statistically linked to certain types of cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified processed meats including ham, bacon, salami, and frankfurters as a Group 1 carcinogen (known to cause cancer), meaning there is strong evidence that processed meats cause the cancer, especially cancer of the intestine and stomach.

This is not the only shocking fact about this documentary. Additionally, it highlights how the American Diabetes Association offers recipes that use red and processed meats, when one serving of processed meat per day has been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes by 51%, according to WHO.

As mentioned in the documentary, it’s also important to note that companies that encourage consumption of these meats, like processed food giant Tyson Foods for example, are among the biggest supporters of the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society. American Diabetes Association, go figure.

There is so much to learn about plant-based and vegan diets, and with society increasingly accepting different lifestyles, the possibilities for a vegan diet are endless.

It is very easy to find a lot of nutritional tips for being a vegan. Brock University actually has their own club called Plant Based at Brock. You can follow them on Instagram and contact if you are looking to get more involved in the plant community or just want to know more.

The wallet butterfly released a five-day vegan meal plan on a budget meal plan, perfect for college students looking to make the switch without breaking the bank. Check it out below:

Don’t forget to include some of these super easy and super tasty vegan snacks as well:

  • Fruit and nut butter
  • Guacamole and crackers / fries
  • Edamame with sea salt
  • Trail mix
  • Grilled chickpeas
  • Rice cakes
  • Hummus and vegetables
  • Sweet Chili Heat Doritos (yes they are vegans)

There is a lot of information in this article about being vegan and its benefits, so why not try eating vegan? Who knows, you might find it a good fit for you and your lifestyle. Having made the change four years ago, I can’t imagine my life otherwise.