For your health:
Lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar
Reversal or prevention of heart disease and diabetes (and lower risk of developing them to start with)
Lower risk of developing some cancers
Improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Lower food costs
Improved recovery after exercise
For the environment:
Adoption of a plant-based diet could significantly reduce our contribution to climate change. What we choose to put on our plate can make a BIG difference!
Currently, the international food system contributes 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions - animal agriculture alone accounts for 80% of these emissions.
A typical reef and beef dinner would burden the atmosphere with approximately 816 kg of CO2e - thats the equivalent of driving a fuel efficient car across America, from LA to New York!
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But what about protein?
Let's put this one to bed right now - plants have protein too, and you actually don't need a huge amount! Be sure to include lots of legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
But what about iron?
The type of iron found in plants is different to the kind thats found in animals. Good sources of plant based iron include legumes, spinach, pumpkin seeds and leafy greens. Be sure to consume with vitamin C to help absorption!
But what about vitamin b12?
Vitamin B12 is hard to come by on a plant based diet. The best sources are fortified foods like nutritional yeast - or take a supplement!