There was a study in 2002 by the German Cancer Research Center which involved 1900 people, divided into 60 vegans, 1,165 vegetarians; and moderate vegetarians (occasional meat and fish eaters). Studying the mortality rate in comparison to the general population 52 deaths occurred for every 100 reported deaths. The results showed a 50% increase in longevity to male vegetarians and 30% for women.
Not to mention the man who invented the word vegan died at 95, and was a smoker.
60% of the world's usable farmland is being stripped and destroyed by live stock. An acre of prime land can produce 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots, 50,000 pounds of tomatoes; but only 250 pounds of beef. It takes 23 gallons of water to produce a pound of lettuce, 33 gallons for carrots, 4 gallons for apples. To produce of pound of Chicken it takes 815 gallons, for pork 1,630 gallons, and for a pound beef 2,500 gallons.
in the UK live stock is fed, enough food to feed 250,000,000 people while in the world 30,000,000 people die of starvation
There has been a few studies that have came out lately saying an animal based diet can halt and in some cases eliminate Cancer. Though some people are saying going vegan is the cure for cancer, I would not be one to say that, as its ridiculous. However it is proven to assist in controlling the growth of cancer.
Animal testing is a useless practice. The idea that a creature who might have a similar heart or lungs, or skin is the best way to do trials for new products. the thing is how medicine affects our systems is not just one organ or one biological system, it effects a variety of biological systems and body chemistry.
An extreme example of how inferior animal tests are, is the most famous toxicity animal test called the LD50 test. The idea is that if less than 50 out of 100 animals die after using the drug, then it is fine for a human trial.
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I do not mean that eating vegan is the perfect fad diet to shed those pounds, and I'd never tell someone looking to loose weight that they should go vegan and vegan alone, as exercise and eating right are both essential to giving one a healthy body.
But its been shown many times that vegan diets have less fat and cholesterol than other diet forms. On top of that it has been stated many times as a great way to help with Diabetes.
"In addition to being richer in fruits and vegetables, vegetarian diets tend to be lower in total fat. Taber & Cook (1980) found lacto-ovo vegetarians to consume an average of 35 percent of energy as fat, compared to omnivores consuming over 40 percent of energy as fat. A study of the diets of a group of French vegetarians found they had a daily intake of 25 percent less fat than non-vegetarians (Millet, 1989). Vegetarians also tend to eat proportionally more polyunsaturated fat to saturated fat compared with non-vegetarians. Animal products are the major sources of dietary saturated fat."
No, I don't mean you will never get sick if you go vegan. But if you watch the news you, see all the time that meat recalls from contaminated meat. Spinach was contaminated a few years back. But it seems like all the time we have some strand of bacteria or some food poison scare hitting the meat industry.
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