The drive to instil positive and vibrant whole health in ourselves is nothing new. We do our research to ensure that we get the best health insurance. More and more people are prioritising exercise as a key part of their daily routine. There is a rise in organic fruit and vegetable market popularity around the world. People are getting more consistent and strict with their health check-ups. Individuals place a higher importance on their mental health as well. At the end of the day, we all want to strive to give our bodies the best of everything. We want to be healthy. We want to be at our happiest, our fittest, our strongest. For different aspects of our health, there are different concepts that play key roles in the attainment and maintenance of our health.
When it comes to our physical health, however, diet plays the most substantial role. There is what often seems to be constant debate about what the best diet for positive physical health is. The answer differs depending on who you ask. However, there is one diet that is becoming more popular as time goes on. All around the world, more and more people are making the change to a plant-based diet. We have all heard the arguments and strong opinions for going vegetarian and/or vegan, but the unfortunate truth is that sound morality is not enough for many to make the change. So, where is the surge in favour of a plant-based diet coming from? The answer is quite simple. It comes from the facts. It is human nature that we are inquisitive, but it is also in our nature to trust hard facts more than the word of mouth (in most cases, of course).
Benefits for the human body
We have been eating meat for so long that we seem to have forgotten that there are alternative ways to get all the fats and nutrients that the body needs. When we incorporate meat into our diets, we tend to put too much protein on the plate. It may come as a surprise that the ideal portion on a plate is half greens, a quarter of flesh protein, and a quarter of grains, quinoa, or rice. Even with this information, we tend to overeat. Switching to a plant-based diet ensures that the body gets as much natural dietary intake as possible, with less of the indulgent (and in some cases, no so healthy) foods.
The biodiversity that exists around the world is something that tends to shock some people. There are well over 300,000 edible plant species in the world. further, just three of them (corn, rice, and wheat) make up nearly 60% of calories in the US alone. From fresh fruits and vegetables, to nuts and grains, there is quite literally a world of fresh and natural food options to choose from. All we must do is make more of a conscious effort to explore them. When there is such an overwhelming abundance of edible plant species the world over, there becomes less and less necessity to eat meats.
There is a shockingly high footprint of livestock in the world. It takes eight times more land to produce one pound of meat protein, as it does for plant protein. Similarly, it takes four times as much water to do the same. Livestock provides only 18% of calories, and yet raising it takes up 83% of farmland. Cutting meat and dairy from our diets is the single biggest way to significantly reduce our environmental impact on Earth.