101 Reasons to Go Vegan

Ready to go vegan? These 101 reasons should help.

101 Reasons to Go Vegan
Vegan food is more widely available than ever.

2020 Marks the 26th celebration of World Vegan Day. Established by the Vegan Society to commemorate the term “vegan” (which dates back to 1944!), millions of people worldwide now celebrate World Vegan Day. A lot has changed since 1994, though. Vegan food is everywhere these days. From the fresh, whole foods at our local supermarkets and farmers markets to the not-so-healthy-but-still-healthier-than-meat-and-dairy vegan junk food options at fast-food chains around the world, it’s never been easier to go vegan. 

You may choose to go vegan for your health, the planet, or the billions of animals slaughtered each year for food. They’re all good reasons to move meat and dairy off of your plate and make room for plant-based food instead. 

There are scores of studies pointing to the benefit of eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. But there’s good reason to leave meat off the plate entirely — even prior to the COVID link to animal consumption. According to the World Health Organization, regular consumption of red and processed meats can greatly increase the risk of certain types of cancer.  For example, eating fewer than two slices of bacon a day increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

Just like reducing or eliminating meat from our diets is good for our health, it’s better for the planet, too. According to the United Nations  Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Programme Management Officer James Lomax, reducing intensively farmed meat consumption is “good for people and the planet.”

A 2018 study conducted by Beyond Meat and the University of Michigan found a big gain in reducing GHGs by reducing meat consumption. The study found that by swapping beef burgers for plant-based options just three times a week on average could save the equivalent emissions produced by 12 million cars.

Looking for more reasons to go vegan? Here are 101.

  1. Bananas
  2. Avocados
  3. Celery
  4. Lentils
  5. Black Beans
  6. Cauliflower Steak!
  7. Burritos
  8. Coconut Smoothies
  9. Veggie Pret
  10. Cashew Cheese
  11. Beyond Burgers
  12. Beyond Sausages
  13. Vegan Magnum Bars
  14. The One Trillion Fish Caught From the Oceans for Food
  15. Pretzels
  16. Peanut Butter
  17. Tomato Soup
  18. Red and Processed Meat’s Cancer Risk
  19. Ramen Hood (a Los Angeles must)
  20. Twinning with Lizzo
  21. Mushrooms
  22. Cabbage 
  23. Tofu
  24. Eggless Mayo
  25. Hong Kong’s Vegan Movement
  26. Joaquin Phoenix
  27. Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen and Plant Chef Vegan Ranges
  28. Baby Cows 
  29. Seaweed
  30. Keeping CO2 Out of the Atmosphere
  31. Kale
  32. Croutons
  33. Lemons
  34. Kevin Smith’s 100-lb Weight Loss
  35. Pickles
  36. Tickling a Pig’s Belly
  37. Low Cholesterol
  38. Olives
  39. Vegan Butter
  40. HUMMUS
  41. Steamed Broccoli
  42. Artichokes
  43. Feeding Blueberries to Chickens
  44. Watermelon
  45. IKEA’s Vegan Meatballs
  46. Veggie Dumplings
  47. Tofurky Roasts
  48. Natalie Portman’s Instagram Feed
  49. Deforestation
  50. Guacamole
  51. Spotted Owls
  52. Popcorn
  53. The Paris Agreement
  54. Greta Thunberg
  55. Gelatin-Free Gummies
  56. Gelatin-Free Marshmallows
  57. Dark Chocolate
  58. So. Many. Antioxidants. From. Plants.
  60. Flax Seeds
  61. Vegan Ribs
  62. Hot Sauce
  63. Oyster Mushroom Fried Chicken Like Lizzo Makes 
  64. Vegan Tuna
  65. FIBER
  66. Seitan
  67. Vegan Ranch Dressing
  68. Pickles
  69. The 1.5 Billion Pigs Killed for Food Every Year
  70. Impossible Whoppers
  71. KFC Vegan Fried Chicken
  72. Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
  73. Starbucks Vegan Lattes
  74. Dairy Farmers Switching to Vegan Milk
  75. James and Suzy Cameron’s Vegan School
  76. Regenerative Agriculture
  77. IKEA’s Vegan Hot Dogs
  78. Dairy-Free Cheeseburgers
  79. Plant-Based Corned Beef
  80. Tempeh
  81. Cauliflower Wings
  82. 46 Million Thanksgiving Turkeys
  83. Heirloom Tomatoes
  84. Billie Eilish
  85. Avocado Toast
  86. Candy Apples
  87. 39 Million Cattle Raised for Milk and Meat
  88. Lewis Hamilton
  89. Sweet Potato Fries
  90. Black Bean Soup
  91. Vegan Sausages
  92. Chia Seed Pudding
  93. IKEA’s Vegan Ice Cream
  94. Kite Hill’s Vegan Ravioli
  95. Dosa
  96. 50 Billion Chickens Killed for Meat
  97. 300 Million Chickens Caged for Their Eggs 
  98. The 8,000 Vegan Restaurants Worldwide
  99. Reduced Cholesterol
  100. Your Health
  101. Your Planet

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