16/11/2017 14:40 SAST | Updated 16/11/2017 14:40 SAST

5 Reasons Why You Might Consider Becoming Vegan

It's claimed that you could be saving your health, animals and the environment.

Fresh beetroot and lentil vegan 'burger' with grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes and guacamole sauce.
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Fresh beetroot and lentil vegan 'burger' with grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes and guacamole sauce.

Veganism is neither a trend, nor a fad diet.

People who practise a vegan lifestyle seek to exclude all forms of animal exploitation in their food, clothing or life choices.

This World Vegan Month, here are five reasons why you may want to consider becoming vegan:

1. Become healthier overall

Well-planned vegan diets, supporters allege, are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other important vitamins and nutrients, and because they are plant-based, they tend to be low in saturated fat, rich in fibre and full of antioxidants. This helps fight chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Vegans also report increased energy, consistent weight and better skin.

What happens when you go vegan you might ask ? Well one thing is you get your skin back !! Let me share how important is to eliminate meat and dairy for your health!! Before going vegan and around a year into veganism my skin was extremely unhealthy. Ever since 13-15 years old i had terrible regular acne breakouts and i never took pictures of myself I was bullied at school for how i looked and it was just not a good time at all. Since going vegan and being very very patient with it, my skin cleared up so much and it has changed my life completely. My energy levels and health improved inside and out. I love my skin now and it is the most confidence boosting thing that has ever happened to me. I still make sure i use good quality vegan skincare and the acne has no reason of being in my life anymore ♥️ #vegantestimonial #veganbeforeandafter #beforeandafter #testimonial #teamacne #vegansofig #whathappenswhenyougovegan #acne #acnescars #healthyskin #skincare #govegan

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2. You'd reduce animal cruelty

In recent years, more and more horrific conditions under which factory-farmed animals live have been exposed. The meat you eat may come from an animal that has not been allowed to breed freely, has been treated harshly its whole life, and killed brutally.

3. Save the planet

Feed for farm animals requires land and water -- natural resources that are growing scarcer.

According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is the third-largest contributor to greenhouse emissions, after electricity production and household heating. The organisation also reported that a vegan diet means more food available to more people than an animal-based diet.

4. It can help you save money

Have you ever calculated how much money you spend on meat? South Africa's already high meat prices are predicted to rise even further in the near future, because of limited availability of slaughter stock. Plus, the protein in meat is found in plenty of plants –– although, be aware that it's much trickier to provide your body with certain essential amino acids from a plant-only diet.

5. Vegan food can be delicious

There are a growing number of vegan blogs, cookbooks and restaurants that prove that vegan dishes do not need to be an uninspiring pile of boiled vegetables. Any vegan will tell you that there are plenty of delicious vegan salads, burgers and even desserts.

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