Veganism is not for everyone

There are very few people on Earth who could not become vegan. It is unlikely to suit indigenous peoples living in accordance with traditional customs and cultures, and it may not be 100 percent possible for people living in very remote locations without access to stores. But for the vast majority of people in America and elsewhere, it is absolutely possible and beneficial, and we would encourage everyone to try it.

Providing a balanced plant-based diet is a healthy way to bring up kids1 but it is also never too late to start eating vegan! An Englishman who turned vegan on his 68th birthday has recently celebrated 30 years as a vegan!2 Since a plant-based diet is associated with reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, it is little wonder that vegans tend to live longer.3 It is clear that age is no barrier to being vegan.

There are also few cultural barriers. Whatever your ethnicity, background, income or gender, veganism is a great choice. And there are no religious beliefs precluding it, either. There are vegan Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus.

And we know of no illness or condition that would stop someone from becoming vegan, though obviously there may be additional factors to take into account. Those with gluten, soy or nut allergies, for example, often think they cannot become vegan but the wide range of foods available means that there are alternatives and options available, though it may take a little more planning.

For the vast majority of the world’s population, there is nothing to stop them from being vegan. The hardest part is starting, but try it for one month and see where it leads you.

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