07 June 2012

Plant-based diets: Healthy for us and the earth

We are living in a time where our planet is facing detrimental crises, and if the lifestyles of many Americans do not change, earth will not be able to sustain us much longer. In this article, food shortages and climate change are highlighted, all while documenting the positive effects of a vegetarian diet.

It most likely is a surprise to find out that a whopping 63 percent of deaths are caused by non-communicable disease that is directly linked with the modern Western diet.

In addition to negative health complications, dietary influences are a large cause of greenhouse gas emissions, and come from land animals that produce methane (a greenhouse gas), which is released into the atmosphere.

“From a sustainability viewpoint, there is widespread support for a reduction in meat consumption.” The good news is that there is a solution to these staggering statistics, and that is to adopt a more plant based lifestyle. In addition to a diet rich in vegetables, you should also be consuming fruits, nuts, legumes, and wholegrain food items. This is a close replication of the Mediterranean and Asian diets -- the positive health benefits of these diets have been documented in many studies.

According to the information provided, there is good news for those who already adapted a plant based diet, as it seems we are ahead of the curve! It appears many more people are becoming aware of the negative impacts and dangers associated with consuming meat. The article states “not everyone needs to or wants to become vegetarian, but reducing our dependence on meat is a good recipe for our own health and also that of our planet. Diets dominated by plant foods are almost certainly the way of the future.”

Read more about how beneficial vegetarian diets are for both us and the planet!

Ashley Shamus | Email
Northeast Pennsylvania Ashley has a psychology degree, and is soaking up tons of knowledge while furthering her education. She has a passion for holistic nutrition, animal rights, and green vegetables. In her free time, she loves to cook, juice, and bask in the sun. She whole heartedly applauds and appreciates all of the wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference in animals’ lives!

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