There are many reasons why a vegan will choose this path of living. Here are some of the most common reasons why:
Health reasons. People who are looking to lose weight or are just generally watching out for what they put in their bodies are drawn to veganism. This is because their plant-based diet can and do meet the many of the diet recommendations while cutting down on the consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol. This diet can help protect a person from heart disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity cancers and diabetes, among others. People who are already suffering from these conditions can benefit from veganism too. A balanced vegan diet contains much vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber which are all good for our overall health.
Compassion for animals. Most vegans are against treating animals as food. This is especially true because of some of the cruel ways farmed animals are treated. Vegans demonstrate their opposition to cruelty to animals by refusing to eat any animal products and by adapting a lifestyle that doesn’t endorse the use of any parts of an animal’s body. Vegans believe that we as humans can get by without having to feed or clothe ourselves with animal products.
Being eco-conscious. Vegans argue that the consumption of meats and animal products produces a dramatically higher carbon footprint. For instance, one study found that a typical American’s diet will produce 1.5 tons more carbon dioxide compared to a person who is on a vegan diet. They are also concerned about the greenhouse gas emissions that animal farmhouses produce. Moreover, vegans advocate against the fact that farmed animals will need more proteins, water and other resources than they can produce, which doesn’t help the health of an already fragile planet. They can ease this by directly consuming plant products instead of easting meats fed on plant products.