There are so many benefits to a vegan diet. We know it can seem daunting if you’ve spent your life relying on animal-derived products. We understand the questions that might be running through your head. Will I have to eat bland food forever? Will I get all the nutrients I need? Will it cost me lots of money? Why go vegan?! Well, lucky for you, we’re here to help.
It’s no secret that our planet is under immense pressure. Agriculture plays a big role in climate change, producing around a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. And this is largely due to the meat and dairy industries, which create around 14.5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Forests and other important ecosystems are continually destroyed to make way for agriculture.
Giving up meat can help us reduce global carbon emissions and promote more sustainable forms of farming. Let’s look at soya for a moment. Soya is an amazing crop that could feed billions yet at present, more than 80% of the world’s soybeans are fed to livestock in order to keep up with the demand for meat. Soybeans are a versatile ingredient and the star of the show in many delicious vegan meals. With so much land and so many crops going towards supporting the meat industry, our planet and those on it are suffering.
A typical Western diet that includes meat products around 7.3kg of CO2 equivalent per day. In comparison, a typical vegan diet produces only around 2.9kg. That’s a huge difference! Going vegan can give you a taste of caring better for our amazing planet. And trust us, it’s a delicious taste. For each person that switches to a vegan diet, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 1.5 tonnes per year. A vegan diet is one that cares for our environment.Read More
Another of the main reasons to go vegan is to show care and respect for the wonderful creatures we live alongside. We all know that a diet laden with animal products means the violent killing of animals. And despite all the amazing vegan alternatives now available, this continues to be the norm. We wholeheartedly believe that this must change. Let’s look at some of the stats.
Every year, 69 billion chickens, 1.5 billion pigs, 0.57 billion sheep, and 0.3 billion cattle are slaughtered. Factory farms force animals to live in terrible, cramped conditions that deny their natural needs and instincts. And not only does the meat industry slaughter billions of animals each year but the dairy industry subjects animals to a life of cruelty and suffering.
In nature, wild hens lay around 12-20 eggs per year whilst chickens used for eggs have been genetically manipulated to produce around 250-300 eggs per year. At hatcheries - where new hens are hatched and sent to egg farms - around 6 billion male chicks are killed each year through suffocation or being ground up alive. Shocking, right?
The good news is: this doesn’t need to be the way. Why go vegan? To put a stop to this cruelty. This is undeniably one of the main benefits of a vegan diet. And we bet once you’ve tried vegan, you won’t go back.Read More
Another of the amazing reasons to go vegan centers around you. So, why go vegan? Going vegan can make you feel better from the inside out. As well as knowing you’re helping our planet and stopping cruelty to animals, your body will be thankful for the changes. The benefits of vegan foods are wide-reaching.
A vegan diet generally means an increase in the number of nutritious fruits and veggies you’ll consume. A rich variety of vegan proteins will step in to replace fatty meats. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes can all play a starring role in your new vegan diet. All of these amazing vegan ingredients are packed full of essential nutrients to care for your body and mind.
Many studies have found that vegan diets tend to be higher in antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, folate, vitamins A, C, and E, and more important nutrients. Some find a vegan diet helps them lose weight, some find it helps lower their blood sugar levels, and some experience a reduction in joint pain and stiffness. These are just some of the health benefits of a vegan diet.
People who adopt a vegan diet see tremendous health benefits! Within the first month of the vegan diet, 49% saw improvements in their energy levels, 48% felt their mood was improved, and 39% felt their skin looked healthier. With just one month of being vegan, the before and after photos of some new vegans we see on Instagram show huge differences!Read More
We’ve outlined some of the key reasons to go vegan, but there are so many more. To summarize a few of these:
Almost half of the water used in the United States goes towards raising animals for the meat industry. More water is saved by not eating one pound of meat than it is by not showering for 6 months!
Workers in the meat industry are subjected to unsafe working conditions, low pay, and long hours. Workers in many meat facilities are held in what is considered modern-day slavery.
Meat farming has led to land invasions in Brazil and the Americas, where Indigenous communities have been forced out - and even killed - for the sake of land grabbing.
Still wondering how to go vegan? A successful and stress-free transition is all about good preparation. Vegan Essentials is a one-stop shop for all your vegan needs, and that’s why we’re the perfect starting point for any new vegan! Here are a few of our essential vegan products to get you started:
The benefits of a vegan diet extend to helping our planet, the animals we live beside, and our own bodies and minds. We’ve outlined some of the benefits of vegan food, and we think the message is clear. Things have got to change, and fast. But whilst the facts are clear, you might still have reservations about making the leap.
We believe a vegan diet should be accessible to everyone, and we’re working to make it as convenient, nutritious, and delicious for you as possible. Between us, we think this is a change you will stick with!Read More
A vegan diet is one that omits all animal-derived products such as milk, cheese, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, butter, and so on. Thanks to Vegan Essentials, vegan alternatives for all of these products are now super easy to get ahold of! Vegan diets incorporate lots of nutritious vegan foods such as tofu, tempeh, legumes, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. Try going vegan for a month and discover the benefits for yourself!
A vegan breakfast is easy! Try some wholesome cereal or granola. We love this granola by Purely Elizabeth and Nature’s Path Cereal Whole O’s. Toast is always a great option - try topping it with some vegan scrambled egg by The Vegg or slathering it with Violife Just Like Cream Cheese.
Vegans can’t eat animal-derived products such as dairy, meat, fish, and poultry. But we’ve got vegan versions of all of those foods for you to enjoy! Sausages? One of our favorites is by The Very Good Butchers. Cheese? Easy - we have a huge range. We even have vegan seafood! Try some fish-free tuna by Good Catch. Check out this vegan bacon by Upton’s Naturals and ground beef by Beyond Meat. We even have butter and yogurt covered!
A vegan diet does NOT mean missing out on your favorite coffee. Simply swap milk for a delicious vegan alternative. We love oat milk by Minor Figures and creamy rice milk by Dream. For something special, try a vegan creamer such as this delicious caramel-flavored option from Nutpods.