Vegan Diet: A fad or a panacea? – By Sarabjit Kaur

A joke on internet that is making people crazy: “How can you tell whether someone is vegan? They will tell you again and again.” For some people being dairy-free, gluten-free, or carbohydrates-free maybe a trend or something to flaunt. But, with celebrities including Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, and Zac Efron choosing a vegan diet, it seems like the diet is more than just a fad. The question that arises is why the vegan diet has gained popularity? Is it due to the health benefit it provides or the climate change?

Talking about the number of people getting influenced by the vegan diet, The Vegan Society, a registered charity and oldest vegan society in the world, mentioned that the trend has quadrupled in the five years between 2012 and 2017. Now, the vegan diet gets almost three times more interest as compared to vegetarian and gluten-free searches. 

Being skeptical about the diet, people have been questioning if the vegan diet has all the nutrition that a human body needs to stay healthy. Since the vegan diet misses out all the meat and dairy products, from where does the body get the vitamins and protein? According to the data found on The Vegan Society, the study of 2019 conducted for over 12,000 people found that those who eat mostly plant-based food were 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease. Also, vegan diet has been linked to a 35 percent lower prostate cancer risk. 

Fighting the Climate Change

To combat climate change, recycling is not the only way. Our eating choices also play a major role. Studies have shown that a vegan diet can help fight against climate change, which has been the greatest challenge and an environmental threat. The Vegan Society reveals that eight million human lives can be saved by 2050 if the world goes vegan. Moreover, it can lower down the greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds and result in healthcare related savings and avoid $1.5 trillion climate damages. The United Nations believes that a global move towards the plant-based food is important to fight climate change. Worldwide, animal agriculture is accountable for more greenhouse gases than the whole world’s transportation systems combined. 

 Needless to say that the vegan diet is not only beneficial for health but also for the climate change, that is the major concern these days. 

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Changing the diet preference 

With fast food chains like A&W, McDonalds, and Tim Hortons introducing their Beyond Burgers and other vegan options, it is evident that the restaurant chains are not shying away from people’s preferences in terms of food. Becoming vegan is not only about raising voice against animal slaughtering but also being concerned about the environment. Altering your lifestyle and preferences are not always easy but they are not impossible too. Gone are the days when people did not have choices and had to eat what is available in the market. Now-a-days, various options available in the market helps you make a healthier, economical, and wiser choices. 

The biggest question that remains unanswered is whether the world will accept this change or not? 

– Sarabjit Kaur

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