Eating Health: On Being a Vegan,

(PRINTED IN MARCH 2014 EDITION)

By Demi Marcantonio Campus Press Health Reporter

Eating meat is totally unnecessary. There is no proof, what so ever, that a person must eat animal flesh or any by products of animals to be healthy, yet there is overwhelming proof that it truly is best not to! Veganism is a way of life that alters diet, clothing and other decisions with the goal of ending exploitation of animals. According to a 2012 study from the ‘Vegetarian Times,‘ one million Americans are vegans

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Facts about Veganism with people and health: A study by Loma Linda University reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than meat-eaters and vegetarians. One example is that  vegan women had 34 percent lower rates of female-specific cancers like breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Similar results were found in men for prostate cancer. Research done by Nobel Prize-winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.

The average cholesterol level of an American meat-eater is 210, while the average cholesterol of a vegan is 133. The China Study was a 20-year study that compared the mortality rates of meat eaters and plant eaters. They found that countries that ate more animal-based food were more likely to have higher death rates from “Western diseases,” while countries that ate more plant food were healthier. It makes several arguments, including that a plantbased diet 1) plays a critical role in determining how genes are expressed, either good or bad; 2) controls the negative effects of unhealthy chemicals, 3) can help resolve chronic diseases, and 4) will create health in all areas of our lives.  The China Study also argues that there are no nutrients in animal proteins that are better than plant-based proteins.

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Animal Cruelty Facts:   Traditionally, it took five years of grazing to get a steer to market size. However, now it takes six months of grazing and 14 months in a feedlot. This is due to enormous quantities of corn (not their natural food), protein supplements, and drugs, including growth hormones, that are administered to the animals. To make a 40-inch fur coat it takes between 30 and 200 chinchilla or 60 mink, 50 sables, 50 muskrats, 45 opossums, 40 raccoons, 35 rabbits, 20 foxes, 20 otters, 18 lynx, 16 coyotes, 15 beavers, or 8 seals.

 

 

 

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