Veganism is unlikely to suit indigenous peoples living in accordance with traditional customs and cultures, but for the vast majority of people in America and elsewhere in the world, it is absolutely possible – and beneficial – to be vegan.
We should not deny ourselves great health because there are some people on this planet who cannot become vegan. If you can be vegan, do it! The benefits are overwhelming.
Vegans have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.1 These are among our country’s biggest killers, but you do not have to be one more statistic. You do not have to give in to what you believe is ‘inevitable’. Look at some of the stories in our #MAHA section, and see for yourself the difference a plant-based diet can make.
And of course there are huge benefits beyond our health, too. A diet that is plant-based reduces our environmental impact, better protects the Earth’s forests, rivers and wild species, and all of this is good news for indigenous peoples who will be most impacted by the effects of climate change.
A plant-based diet also uses fewer resources and means we would easily have enough food to feed the global human population. It also means more land will be available to return to wildlife.
Being vegan is a kinder, more equitable way to live. And just because there are a small number of people on the planet who cannot go vegan, is there any reason why you shouldn’t?
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1 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ‘Position of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets’, 2016 [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27886704]