I get very frustrated with vegetarians who have no intentions of switching to veganism; I view vegetarianism as a stepping stone. If you care about animals, surely you will not plan on supporting the dairy industry forever? The dairy industry is one of the cruelest and responsible for the most death and torture. Some vegetarians do not buy dairy, or perhaps have their own cows, but those are I suppose ethics for another debate (and are on the forums, so have at it Vegans :)!) 

I made my transfer to pescie; spent a week on that, then spent a week being lacto-ovo. For the last two weeks, I was lacto-veggie, and then by month 2 I was a full vegan. After watching Earthlings, I knew I had to do everything in my power to save every life I could, and to live as compassionately as I could.

It enrages me some people will discuss ethics on this website, while wearing fur or leather, or while buying their produce from Walmart, which has blood all over it's hands. It's like they want to care and to try, but they're not ready to take the plunge- some never want to... which is sad, because truly, it is such an easy transition when you think of what's at stake.

Health Concerns

A vegan diet is better for your overall health. Vegans don’t usually have problems with cholesterol. The reason for this is simple–there’s no dietary cholesterol in vegan foods. However, vegetarian foods, like cheese and eggs, still contain dietary cholesterol. A vegan diet is heart friendly.

Vegans need to be sure to get enough vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Supplements and foods such as flax seed can make sure that a vegan gets all needed nutrients. On average, the vegan diet is much healthier than the average American diet.

Body odor is often eliminated or greatly reduced by a vegan diet. Observers from health experts to Oprah have stated that, when you don’t eat meat or dairy, you naturally smell better. Going vegan eliminates a lot of body odor concerns.

Although studies are still being conducted, a vegan diet has shown to reduce the risks of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. In countries where very few animal by-products are consumed, there is also a lower rate of breast cancer diagnosis. A vegan diet that is also organic and not filled with processed foods is ideal to contribute to optimal health.

Weight Issues

A vegan diet, as long as its not filled with vegan junk food, can lead to easy weight loss. As a result, going vegan can also lead to a lower BMI level, the now popular index that attempts to correlate weight and health risks. It’s debatable if BMI levels themselves actually mean anything, but a lower weight can be a great relief for those battling the bulge.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has produced a food group chart that reflects what vegetarians, vegans and others should be eating for optimal health. Don’t look for animal by-products there. It’s a healthy food group chart without the need for dairy, eggs or meats at all.

Ethical Concerns

A lot of people choose vegan over simply being vegetarian because of ethical concerns. The dairy and egg industries have repeatedly been exposed for animal abuse in the same way that the meat industries have. In order to make a stand against violence against animals of any kind, many people take it a step further and commit to the vegan lifestyle.

For those who are concerned about the environment, going vegan is also something seen as inevitable. Plant-based foods take up fewer resources than animal-based foods.

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I don't think that's a very fair comment to make. I mean, I'm actively working on being vegan, and even when I was lacto-ovo, I never wore animal clothing or anything (I don't particularly like to encase my body in dead animals), but I think there's more than one way of being short-sighted. Yes, it's quite short-sighted to just be vege if you're doing it for the animals, when chickens and cows and bees are treated so badly. But it's also short-sighted not to understand what other people are thinking and what they're going through.

But a) some people aren't aware of this (I wasn't for a very long time - I actually thought free range eggs were cruelty free), and

b) some people just don't know how to do it (I tried to go vegan before, unsuccessfully - because at that point, I didn't know how to cook AT ALL, and every time I tried, it either burnt or became tasteless mush, no matter what recipes I followed, and I had no support from my family cos I was just "a 15 year old going through a phase") and when you're that overwhelmed, all you want to do is the most you can do. 

And c) Some people are brought up vege - so they're just that way cos that's how they were brought up. And when you're brought up that way, putting meat in your mouth is just gross, but you don't think twice about the rest of it - I guess the same way meat eaters think about meat.

And d) Some people just don't want bloody carcasses going into their mouths - so not a cruelty thing, just a grossed out thing. 

e) Don't forget, some people are just in it for the health!

Don't get me wrong, I think everyone should be vegan, cos animals will always be mistreated as long as they're part of the food industry and the environment just can't handle it anyway, but I just think it's not fair to get angry at those vegetarians. At least they're trying :)

i couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you

:) I agree with you :)

Some people aren't educated enough or do not have access to everything they need to be a healthy vegan.

I agree it can be frustrating to see this, but what's more frustrating is all the meat eaters that walk around thinking what they are doing isn't hurting anything. How I see it is, it's all a matter of how much love you carry in your heart. Be glad that you have the heart and love to spread so that you could break free from such an addiction as meat is, but do not get frustrated with those that, although can't seem to take the full step as you have, are on the right path. It only discourages them from being vegan and going the full route.

Personally, I don't think we have a right to judge what other people do. Yes, it's disgusting that animals are dying, and they're tortured.. I hate it as much as anyone, but if all someone can bring themselves to do is be a vegetarian (rather than vegan), we should be happy that they're making a difference at all, and making the conscious choice not to eat dead animals. I was a vegetarian for 10 years before I became vegan, my good friend is currently working to become a vegetarian, and I am nothing but proud of her. She has made some sort of a difference in her life for the sake of animals, for me that's enough. Sure, I'd love it if everyone went vegan.. but that's now how the world is. Any change in the right direction is a change for the better, no matter how big or small. 

I completely agree. They are like haalf way there. So I don't understand why it's so hard for them to change. I went from the SAD diet to veganism over night. transitions are stupid. drop the excuses.and selfishness. 

Hi,

My name is Kathrina and I live in Sweden. I am currently studying Natural Science and I am doing a research paper on the benefits of a Vegan diet.

If you are a Vegan, can you please answer the questions in this survey about a Vegan diet, it will help my research a lot.

And if you can, please send this to your Vegan friends.

Thank you so much!!

Survey:
http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s.asp?sid=ov2445h778l6rd3595764

Perhaps non-vegan veggies should watch this;
 

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