Let me start with one super important statement: you don’t have to be a radical vegan to follow a plant-based diet. You can just reduce consuming meat and pay more attention to fruits and veggies. Eating more plants will change your life as well as the life of our planet.
To get a clearer picture of the problem, approximately 1,850 gallons of water need to produce only one pound of beef. 1,850 gallons! And now, one more unbelievable fact: if you eat a hamburger every day for a year (it contains only 70 grams of beef), it will give off greenhouse gas emissions equal to driving a car 7 miles. Crazy, right? According to WWF, eating plants can reduce different gas emissions up to 30%, wildlife death by 40%, and even premature death by 20%.
When it comes to your own health, following the plant-based diet will boost your immune system by lowering your blood pressure, reducing the risk of different heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. Eating more plants also helps lose weight naturally. The thing is that plant and whole-grain meals are digested more slowly and keep you packed for a longer period. They also aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
Plants are extremely rich in fiber, which improves the health of your gut, and thus, helps your body better absorb the nutrients that come with the food you consume. What’s more, fiber is essential when it comes to reducing the risks of getting cancer. By following this kind of diet, you decrease inflammation in your body, and its prolonged form can lead to several inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. So yeah, plants are our friends that are a great solution to a better life. Let’s not neglect it and bring the best out of it.