why a plant-based diet

diagram of longevity clues | plant-based diet | plantpowerz

longevity clues | plant-based diet | plantpowerz

You are more likely to live longer, be healthier, slimmer, sexier, have more energy, lower healthcare costs and a smaller carbon footprint. A plant-based cruelty-free vegan diet is more ethical; considerate of nature and future generations.

plant-based, vegan, for heart health

plant-based, vegan, for heart health

GOOD HEALTH, LIVE LONGER: You are only as young as your arteries. If your arteries are clogged up with saturated fat and cholesterol from animal products your life expectancy will be shortened.  Heart disease is mostly caused by diets high in animal products. A 2012 Harvard School of Public Health study found the participants who ate nuts or other plant based foods instead of meat had a significantly lower risk of dying young.

10 best and worst foods for health and longevity |plantbased diet |plantpowerz

10 best and worst foods for health and longevity |plantbased diet |plantpowerz

SLIMMER AND SEXIER:  Cholesterol and saturated fats found in animal products clog arteries blocking the blood flow to vital organs.  Vegans, who eat a plant-based diet, on average, are 20 pounds lighter and more energetic, and usually keep the weight off and remain slim; it is not a fad diet.

AN ECO FRIENDLY DIET:  A smaller carbon footprint. The consumption of animal products contributes to:  world hunger, water shortage, an enormous amount of pollution, afforestation, species extinction, land degradation and global warming.  The World Watch Institute, the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, say that raising animals for food damages the environment more than just about anything else, and that includes driving planes, trains and automobiles.

WORLD HUNGER: A plant based diet is more natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable; far more considerate of future generations.   A vegan diet uses far less natural resources.  For example, one acre of land can produce 40,000 lb of tomatoes, or 50,000 lb of potatoes, versus only 136 lb of beef.

SAVES WATER:  A plant based diet uses far less water.  For example, it takes over 2,400 gallons of water to produce only one pound of meat; one pound of wheat requires only 25 gallons of water.1

AN ETHICAL DIET:  Not eating from death row.  Not contributing to animal slavery, cruelty and an early death.  I will not go into detail about the horrors of factory farming, feed lots or abattoirs, suffice to say that a plant-based, vegan diet is simply doing what is right.  One of the best ways to help save animals and prevent suffering is to choose a natural plantbased diet.

LOWERS HEALTH CARE COSTS:  lower cholesterol, lower BMI, less heart disease, less cancer, less diabetes.  A plant-based diet is high in antioxidants, less acidic, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, improves blood sugar levels, lowers rates of cancer and obesity. Bonus: natural healthy weight loss.

LESS CHANCE OF GETTING FOOD POISONING:  Meat is often contaminated with faeces blood and body fluids.  Animal products are the top source of food poisoning in the United States.  Contaminants found in chicken products:  faeces and toxic chemicals like chlorine and arsenic; chicken, meat and eggs contain unhealthy cholesterol.2  Meat, dairy, and eggs are loaded with bacteria, antibiotics, hormones, dioxins, and a host of other toxins that can cause serious health problems in humans.3.

Central to a long healthy life is a plant-based diet.  A cruelty-free lifestyle that is more ethical, and considerate of nature, the planet and future generation.

diagram of longevity clues | plant-based diet | plantpowerz

longevity clues | plant-based diet | plantpowerz

SOURCES

ONLINE:

  1. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/facts-on-animal-farming-and-the-environment/
  2. http://www.pcrm.org/health/reports/the-five-worst-contaminants-in-chicken-products
  3. http://www.peta.org/living/food/meat-contamination/#ixzz3GsqjDixw
  4. http://www.worldwatch.org/peak-meat-production-strains-land-and-water-resources-1
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-friedrich/eggs-from-caged-hens_b_2458525.html
  6. http://www.care2.com/causes/eating-meat-kills-people-so-why-do-we-keep-eating-it.html
  7. http://plantricianproject.org/food-math-101
  8. http://www.peta.org/features/meat-climate-change/

 

plantpowerz book selection

plantpowerz | book selection

BOOKS:

Seven books that are informative, and potentially life changing:

(1)  The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health  T. Colin Campbell (Author), Thomas M. Campbell II (Author), John Robbins (Foreword), Howard Lyman (Preface)

(2) Rethink Food: 100+ Doctors Can’t Be Wrong Shushana Castle (Author), Amy-Lee Goodman (Author)

(3) Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life Pamela A. Popper (Author), Glen Merzer (Author), Del Sroufe (Contributor)

(4) So, Why Become Vegan?:  A. Nutritional Reasons B. Spiritual Reasons C. Environmental Reasons D. Ethical Reasons E. All of the Above Sandra Kimler (Author)

(5) The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World John Robbins (Author), Dean Ornish (Foreword)

(6) Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition T. Colin Campbell (Author), Howard Jacobson (Contributor)

(7) Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples John Robbins

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