Why I Think Plant-Based Diets Are The Future

I’ve been vegan for about six years, and in that time I’ve noticed a lot of people are trying out the diet. Some stick with it, while others drop off after a few months or years. But if you’ve never tried it before, or if you’re just curious about how healthy and sustainable this way of eating is, here’s why I think plant-based diets are the future:

Plant-based diets are healthy.

Plant-based diets are healthier for you and the planet.

  • Plant-based diets are healthier for you. A 2014 meta-analysis of 69 studies found that vegans had lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and body mass indices than non-vegetarians.[1]
  • Plant-based diets are healthier for the planet. Animal agriculture is responsible for 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) according to a report by Worldwatch Institute[2].

Plant-based diets are more environmentally friendly than other diets.

The production of animal products requires a lot of land and water. For example, it takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. A plant-based diet can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the amount of land needed to grow crops for food, which in turn results in less deforestation and fewer greenhouse …