Climate Vegan Benefits: Your Health

Becoming vegan not only benefits the planet and the animals, but a whole foods plant based vegan diet also has significant health benefits for you and your family.

The Standard American Diet has failed us. Levels of Cancer, Heart disease and Diabetes are rising. More than one third of US adults are obese. It is time to take charge of your health.

A vegan diet addresses all these issues.

  • Animal protein promotes the growth of cancer. In multiple, peer-reviewed animal studies, researchers discovered that they could actually turn the growth of cancer cells on and off by raising and lowering doses of casein, the main protein found in cow’s milk. A study funded by the National Cancer Institute reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians.
  • Heart disease can be reversed through nutrition. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., and Dr. Dean Ornish carried out studies that demonstrate that a whole foods, plant based diet halts the progression of heart disease. In fact, 70% of the patients studied actually saw a reversal of disease.
  • Lower blood pressure. A vegan diet lowers blood pressure due to an increased intake of potassium. All fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of potassium whilst animal products contain little or no potassium.
    Saturated Fat. Eating foods that contain saturated fats raise cholesterol levels in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats are mainly found in meat and dairy products.
  • Plants contain zero cholesterol. Thats right, no cholesterol in any fruit or veg! Meat, dairy, fish and eggs all contain moderate to high levels of cholesterol. A whole foods, plant based diet is cholesterol free.
    Plants are packed full of fibre. The best way to fight high blood sugar levels is to eat more fibre. The American Diabetes Association reported, as part of its official Clinical Practice Recommendations, that vegan diets have “metabolic advantages,” and one of the key ones is improved blood sugar.
  • Weight Loss. Most people lose weight within weeks of moving to a vegan diet. In a study published in 2014 in Nutrition, researchers found that those on a vegan diet lost significantly more weight than those on other plans, including vegetarian, semi-vegetarian and omnivorous.
  • Diabetes reversal. Research from Dr. Neil Barnard from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have shown that a low-fat plant based diet can prevent, manage or even reverse type 2 diabetes.
  • Osteoporosis. Countries with lowest rates of dairy consumption have the lowest rates of osteoporosis. Clinical research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones and can actually be damaging. Dairy causes calcium to be leached from the bones to neutralise the acidic conditions in the body which it creates. Many leafy greens have higher calcium levels than milk, are not acidic, and have higher absorption rates by our bodies.

Why didn’t I know any of this?