Arguments against and for veganism
Updated: Mar 4
To begin with, it is essential to say that we live in a time when every person is free to make their own choices. But, before making a choice that will significantly affect many areas in your life, you must consider the pros and cons and then make an informative decision.
Becoming a vegan will affect your health in a positive way, but it’s advisable to be 100% sure that you are aware of all consequences.
Over the past couple of years, veganism saw a considerable rise; before, it was challenging to find a vegan person; today, there will be at least one in every restaurant you come to.
Since the number of vegans rose drastically, a question has emerged whether we should all be vegans or not. Hopefully, the next few lines will steer you in that direction because, as I believe and will show here, it’s better for human health.
As said before, we all make our own choices, and here are ten arguments why veganism just might be the right choice for you.
Veganism is not a healthy choice for all people. This primarily refers to pregnant women and little ones. Veganism is risky for them, as documented in many clinical case reports in the medical literature. The same also applies to people with some medical conditions such as cancer, Crohn's disease, diabetes, celiac disease, and those with chronic alcohol addiction.
People have been omnivores for thousands of years. At the very beginning of human history, we were hunters initially; we became farmers only after that. Our teeth, our metabolisms, and our digestive systems are evolved to eat meat, but, eventually, we adopted and now can easily eat and digest plants.
That said, there is no question we should all be eating far less processed meat and more organic, fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. The culinary guidelines in the Western world promoted too much meat for a long time and did not give much attention to whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fortunately, this has changed a lot, and even little kids nowadays are aware of the importance of a balanced diet. Meatless Monday is a great incentive because it nicely shows us that we can have a meatless day once a week. And that’s a great start. You don’t have to stop eating meat all together instantaneously. Instead, start introducing more and more meatless days per week gradually. In the end, you’ll be proud that you have no more meatless days to introduce as you’ve had reached your goal.
Animal products are exceptionally nutrient-dense dietary sources – removing them from the diet could compromise metabolic robustness. Luckily, there are many ways you as a vegan can substitute those. Nutritional supplements, in the first place, omega 3 and vitamin B 12 because it is mainly found in fish, meat, dairy products, and eggs. You should do your research on what kind of supplements you need, especially when it comes to protein-based ones, less you could start suffering from protein deficiency. Vegans must eat many more plant proteins because there are far fewer proteins in plant-based nutrition than those gained from meat and dairy products. Choosing the supplements carefully can greatly diminish, if not completely abolish, those risks.
The concept that veganism is good for the environment holds true. If only a percentage of world’s population would switch to veganism, you would see a dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emission. This is because livestock (cow in particular) is one of the biggest contributor to greenhouse gasses.
An argument that is often overseen by vegans is that livestock farming restores soils and biodiversity. And we cannot dispute that. However, it does not mean that the veganism isn’t the right choice for you. Moreover, we do not believe it should be forced upon anyone let alone everyone. As we are all free to make our own choices, there will still be a pretty significant amount of people eating meat. Us choosing to be vegans will have no impact on biodiversity or soil restoration, but it will have a tremendous impact on our own lives.
Many vegan products are organically produced. Typical agriculture usually pollutes the soil, destroys soil biota, and has a negative impact on the surrounding water. But many of farmers have risen above that. GMO and pesticide-free products can be found more and more, as our collective consciousness is developing in a way of being more respectful to our surroundings.
Not all vegan options are healthy options. For example, French fries and fried onions are actually vegan food, but opting for French fries daily as well as low-quality plant foods (think of sugary juices and other junk food: yes, there is such a thing as vegan junk food!) will definitely not recover your health nor improve your quality of life. That is why you should plan your meals ahead. And that is actually not just an argument for veganism. If you plan your meals in advance, you can go shopping for all of the ingredients over the weekend for example. This means you do not have to resort to junk food just because you have suddenly found yourself hungry with nothing in the fridge to prepare.
Vegans are healthier overall. Many vegans pay special attention to their wellbeing, diet, and physical activity. If every person paid that much attention to the above as vegans do, the vast majority of people would not suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Those illnesses are caused due to a lack of physical activity and too much greasy and salty food, which naturally comes as a part of a typical pre-prepared meat dishes.
Many celebrities promote a vegan lifestyle. They are vegans, and they have a whole army of chefs, nutritionists, and personal trainers behind them who take care of their menus and the amount and type of physical activity needed. This might seem like something you could never do, because you do not have enough time for all that. But you need to look at it from a positive perspective. They do all the research, cook only the healthiest meals (which do not usually mean the most expensive ones), and then, publish their weekly menus on the internet. All that’s left for you to do is write those down and go shopping!
In the end, think throughly before making significant and life-changing decisions. It is one thing living a particular lifestyle and the other looking at photos on newsfeed on social media or the internet.