Doodles aside, there are real and valuable connections to be made when we discuss how our diet plays a role in these two important topics. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and all opinions are valid, and so I’d like to explore some of the ways we can develop informed opinions together as a society.
With the plant based diet being adopted by more and more people all across the globe, awareness is spreading about the benefits of a plant based diet and the harmful nature of a standard diet (aka the “standard American diet”). The people are realizing the harm they are doing to their bodies by consuming meat, dairy, and eggs regularly; and that they can thrive without eating any animal products whatsoever. According to the American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
What we are waking up to is the fact that the cholesterol, saturated fat, carcinogens, and pus in meat and dairy are detrimental to our health and better left out of our diet for obvious reasons.
Our bodies create cholesterol for us (and the animal’s bodies create it for them), which is why we don’t need to consume any. As a vegan, I haven’t consumed cholesterol in nine months (since I switched from a standard diet to a plant based diet).
The number one killer in the US is heart disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Plaque buildup thickens and stiffens artery walls, which can inhibit blood flow through your arteries to your organs and tissues. Atherosclerosis is also the most common cause of cardiovascular disease.” According to WebMD, a major cause of atherosclerosis is high cholesterol. So, if we put two and two together, we can see that the cholesterol (only found in meat and dairy) causes atherosclerosis, which then causes heart disease, which as I said is our number one cause of death.
OUR DIET FROM AN ETHICAL STANDPOINT
Many people subscribe to the idea that because animals are less intelligent than humans, we can justifiably kill them. This is a logical fallacy that’s common, but let me explain why it’s application isn’t sound. If an alien species from another planet who happened to be much more intelligent and advanced than humans came to earth and decided to capture, breed, and kill humans in order to eat them, even though they didn’t need to eat the humans for their survival, we would likely all agree that those aliens were unethical in doing so. It would be unjust for them to cause our unnecessary suffering and early death just because they are the more intelligent species.
To expand further on the intelligence point; there is much hypocrisy with the people who use the argument that eating animals is ethical based on intelligence because they (usually) do not condone killing and consuming the meat of dogs, which are known to be less intelligent than pigs.
Why eat one and care for another? Conditioning. We’ve been conditioned to live lives unaligned with basic ethics, eating some kinds of animals and simultaneously claiming to love other kinds.
If you are still having a hard time letting go of the meat or dairy, remember there is a delicious vegan replacement for EVERYTHING (if you live rurally, order your vegan replacements online). We are what we eat, and the condition of our health is a reflection of our lifestyle.
Spread the message.
Stay gold, Ponyboy.