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Isn’t it time you went vegan?

Could this be the year you follow Ellen and Portia's lead and give up animal products?

Lily Pritchard

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:51:40 GMT | Updated 1 years today

We can now get 100% of the nutrients and minerals we need without consuming any animal products at all. Hooray! So why are you still doing it, I ask?

 

Well-known celebrity vegans include Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Kathryn Prescott (who played Emily - one half of 'Naomily' in Skins), Olivia Wilde (who played Alex in The OC) and of course DIVA's very own Editor, Jane Czyzselska. Here are just some of the reasons why 2013 could be the year to go vegan for you.

 

Let's start with the environment. Large-scale meat production is in the top three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems and accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Scary.

 

Next up, why is it that we love cuddling and coo-ing over baby lambs at petting zoos but have no trouble dicing one up later that evening in a casserole or curry? Why is it that when two teenage girls throw a kitten around a room it causes national outrage, but over a billion pigs are killed worldwide every year and nobody bats an eyelid? The mind boggles.

 

Health benefits. Vegans live on average 7-15 years longer than meat-eaters. Who doesn't want that, eh? As well as an over-all lower cancer rate: including breast, ovarian and uterine cancers. Think you're safe as a vegetarian? Think again. Two billion day-old baby chicks are thrown away every year by the egg industry, purely because they are born male. Almost all cows are pumped with hormones that increase their milk production. This leads to over-worked udders, which causes infection - resulting in that ice-cold milkshake and toasted cheese sandwich you're eating being loaded with pus. Delicious.

 

"But what DO vegans eat?" I hear you cry.

 

For starters - soya milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, rice milk, oat milk, etc! Vegan mayonnaise, cheese, yoghurt, custard and butter are all easily available at heath food stores. Not to mention vegan sausages, meat-free mince and vegan burgers, which are widely available at most supermarkets.

 

As for protein and calcium - quinoa, tofu, lentils, cauliflower and bananas are all more than adequate sources of protein. Sesame seeds, almonds, kale, rhubarb and spinach all have more calcium per cup than whole milk.

 

So there we have it, no excuses. Stock up on hummus and falafel pronto! Plus, vegans taste better too. Win.

 

Get more info here:

www.takepart.com/foodinc

www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-and-environment.aspx

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  • Mbvp Darling - Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:36:04 GMT -

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    Ive been vegan for nearly a year and its the best move I've made health wise. Im a chef/baker so rustling up new recipes and ideas is great

  • Kathryn Wooler - Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:10:48 GMT -

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    Although vegetables, pulses and nuts ect may contain high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals, the bio-availability of these nutrients is disputed. Spinach for example is rich in iron, however most of this iron cannot actually be absorbed by the body. Also B12 is an example of a vitamin which it is hard to obtain from plant based proteins. In a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92% of vegans in the were found to be deficient in B12. Yes Vegans may be able to get all the protein, vitamins and minerals required but they need to be savy about nutrition.

  • Kathryn Wooler - Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:15:46 GMT -

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    Although vegetables, pulses and nuts ect may contain high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals, the bio-availability of these nutrients is disputed. Spinach for example is rich in iron, however most of this iron cannot actually be absorbed by the body. Also B12 is an example of a vitamin which it is hard to obtain from plant based proteins. In a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92% of vegans in the were found to be deficient in B12. Yes Vegans may be able to get all the protein, vitamins and minerals required but they need to be savy about nutrition.