Vegan lifestyle expands in America

This colorful dish is a sample of what vegans prepare daily.

Risa Bolash

This colorful dish is a sample of what vegans prepare daily.

 A diet without meat, fish, poultry, or animal by-products would seem miserable to a fair share of people, yet is becoming increasingly popular. The vegan lifestyle is not for everyone, but it seems as though those who are vegan are pleased with their decision.

 Health reasons are the main cause of becoming vegan. A plant based diet tends to be lower in cholesterol, sodium, unhealthy fats, and higher in vitamins, fiber, and other essential nutrients.

For those who are obese and living a primarily sedentary lifestyle, veganism could be a route worth taking. Most likely, a new diet will lower caloric intake, blood pressure levels, and weight. On the other hand, moderate to intense athletes and  people with blood type O need higher quantities of protein from lean meats and iron from red meats, so veganism could be difficult.

 The vegan lifestyle is also attractive because of its environmental benefits. Raising animals for dietary consumption has caused more environmental destruction than any source. According to Your Daily Vegan, Google’s top vegan lifestyle site, raising animals for food is the largest source of greenhouse gases, land use, and degradation. The site also notes that raising these animals is the number one source of water pollution and deforestation, as well as contributing to air pollution, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, and species extinction.

 The last appeal of veganism is for morality’s sake. It is not uncommon to find that someone has made the switch because the idea of butchering and eating an animal is unappetizing. Certain vegans use their diet to take a stance against the mistreatment of animals in the meat industry. Companies like Tyson Brand, the frozen chicken giant are frowned upon due to the harsh conditions they place upon their livestock and injection of antibiotics they put in their chicken.

 Sanderson junior Risa Bolash removed animal products from her diet on July 22, 2017, and sticks soundly to her choice. Bolash attests that by going vegan, “you get more creative, save money, become healthier, and your body feels better.” She continued, “I do not crave meat or dairy at all. It’s also great because you bond with other vegans!”

 When asked to give advice to those considering veganism, she was quick to respond,“It is way easier than it sounds. There are a lot of myths about you needing milk, and a lot of protein. I do not just eat grass, but a good salad does wonders for you!”

 Bolash is not the only American quick to make this alteration in her diet. The number of vegans in the U.S has more than doubled in three years, and you can join the movement too! No matter what  your motivation may be, if the vegan lifestyle is something you might want to try, you can visit, or for more information on the transition to a plant based diet.