Marc its great to see the meat you consume has made you of superior intelligence, lets just hope you dont die of a heart attack brought on by the excessive animal proteins and saturated fats hey? Wouldn't want such a great intellect popping of early would we now?
Or are you also a fellow 'tree dweller'? Its pretty nice up here.
Veganism is the most healthy 'diet' (it's not just about food, by the way) when undertaken properly. Ask any doctor, it's becoming widely accepted due to the lack of cholestorol and abundance of low-fat, nutritious food stuffs which should be the mainstay of any diet.
I am very healthy, eat whenever I like and have gone from a size 14 to a size 8. I have built up a lot of lean muscle, have no cellulite, and have lost a lot of allergies, since becoming vegan. I recently had a health MOT and I'm tip top. Perhaps you are jealous of the ability to not be helplessly addicted to eating dangerous crap that incites you to post rubbish, uninformed statements like the above?
After adopting a vegan diet I genuinely did lose weight, my skin became clearer and my hair grew longer, I feel a lot better. My taste buds changed so that I enjoyed eating more fruit and vegetables. After doing a lot of research Veganism can be the best diet if adopted correctly. Our bodies have evolved now where we are more suitable for eating plant food rather than meat. Our anatomy is very close to a herbivore we have long digestive tracts and our saliva is alkaline suitable for digesting grains and fruits, we have much less acid in our stomachs than carnivores for digesting meat and no matter how much fat carnivores eat they do not get clogged arteries, whereas we do. Humans have to eat their meat cooked not raw, and carnivores have to eat meat to survive whereas humans are better off not eating it: which all suggests we are not meant to eat meat. All our nutrients etc can all be obtained through a wide range of plant foods. Studies have shown that vegetarians live longer and suffer less from diseases such as hypertension, obesity, coronary artery disease, certain kinds of cancer (cancer rates among vegetarians are 25-50 per cent less than non-vegetarians), gallstones and diabetes, and have lower cholesterol. Vegetarian diets can even be used to treat illnesses. Vegetarians have half to three-quarters the risk of dying of heart disease compared to non-vegetarians (British Medical Association).
Ninety five per cent of all food poisoning comes from meat and animal products. Over use of antibiotics has produced deadly superbugs.
In the UK alone, 850 million animals and hundreds of millions of fish are killed that's more than three million animals a day. Before they are slaughtered, hundreds of millions lead desolate, disease-ridden short lives on factory farms. Modern factory farms cram as many animals as possible in the smallest space where they often never see daylight. In particular pigs (who are as intelligent as a three year old child), chickens and ducks are treated horrendously cruel yet there are few laws to protect them.
While 750 million people go to bed hungry every night, one-third of the world's grain is fed to farmed animals. A typical Western meat-based diet can only feed 2.5 billion people: a plant-based diet will feed every one of us. Eating meat and dairy also is damaging to the environment rainforests are cleared for grazing; methane from livestock causes global warming; soil is eroded by cattle; slurry poisons waterways; and the seas are laid to waste by overfishing.
Dairy products are devoid of fibre vitamin C and iron and are linked to allergies, heart disease and cancer. Studies have shown that milk and cheese may actually cause osteoporosis not prevent it since their high protein content actually leaches calcium from the body. Osteoporosis is actually higher in western countries where there is higher dairy product intake.
There are other healthier sources of calcium such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, pulses, tofu and seeds as well as plenty of dairy alternatives such as soya milk and rice milk. Human beings are the only animals which consume milk after infancy - and the milk of another species at that. It is neither natural nor healthy. The American Dietetic Association has declared that a vegan diet can provide all the nutrition that human beings need - from cradle to grave. Veganism is infinitely closer to the diet human beings evolved to thrive on than a normal, animal fat-soaked western diet.
Big companies make huge amounts of money from animal products and wield enormous power so governments are not very willing to change them. There hasn't been the political will to change the national diet even though the World Health Organisation say that is what needs to happen.
Since I changed my diet to vegan I found that I experimented more with food and made new really tasty recipes, there really is a lot of choice and meat alternatives available in the local supermarkets and going vegan really is one of the best things I have done. Viva is a great website to start with if you are thinking of making the change.