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What Everyone Ought to Know About Veganism: Part One

Towards the end of August, my husband and I watched “What the Health” on Netflix. It really opened our eyes to the truth about health in our society, the dangers of eating meat, and helped us switch to veganism (although I do have cheese now and again).

Many people have misconceptions about veganism and what it’s really all about. You see, it isn’t just about not killing animals and eating them. We aren’t bleeding hearts who throw red paint on fur coats. While I do see animals in a different light now that I’m not eating them, that isn’t why we switched our diet. We did it to create a healthy lifestyle and help ourselves feel better physically.

So, here are some things that everyone needs to know about veganism. Because this is a lot of information, I’m going to break it up into several parts.

 

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Processed meat can be linked to diabetes

I was shocked to discover that diabetes is not caused by eating a high carbohydrate diet or sugar. I always felt confident I would never get diabetes because I rarely ate processed sugars. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t have diabetes, but after watching this video I learned that I could easily acquire it.

Here are some hard but true facts about diabetes.

  • Worldwide there are about 350,000,000 people with diabetes (that’s in the millions guys)
  • 1 out of 3 Medicare dollars is spent on people with diabetes
  • 1 out of 10 healthcare dollars is spent on people with diabetes
  • In the next 25 years, 1 out of every 3 Americans (1/3 of Americans) will have diabetes
  • Carbohydrate consumption is inversely related to diabetes. A huge study (testing over 500,000 people) showed that the more carbs people ate, the less diabetes they had.
  • If a child gets diabetes, 19 years can be taken off their lifespan
  • One serving of processed meat per day increases your risk of developing diabetes by 51%

This staggered me, I’ll be honest. Please understand, I didn’t grow up vegetarian or vegan. I ate meat just like most other Americans. It was part of my almost daily food intake. It still is a huge part of my parents’ diet. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and a ton of chicken (plus the processed meat that goes into sandwiches) was my daily, weekly, monthly diet. But after learning these facts, I realized that I didn’t want to end up with diabetes.

You don’t have to take my word for it, or watch the video and trust everything he says either. In my “Sources” section, I show you exactly where the creator of the film received his information. Do the research for yourself.

Just don’t trust in or rely on the pharmaceutical or “health” companies out there. Unfortunately, they are paid to lie to us about what is actually healthy and what is not. I do highly recommend that you watch the video. Yes, there is mention of what is done to animals, but that is a very, very small portion of the film (If it really bothers you, fast-forward through those parts). The majority of the film is meant to show you how much we, as a society, are lied to by the government and the “health” organizations that are supposed to protect us. I’ll go more into that in another post.

And this is just one of the major reasons my husband and I turned to veganism for a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle.

I hope this has given you some food for thought. Please stay tuned for Part Two – Meat and Heart Health.

Leave me comments on what you think about meat, our health system, veganism or vegetarianism, etc. I’d love to hear if you agree/disagree or just want to discuss the matter further!

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Sources:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-causes-insulin-resistance/
http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/diet-and-diabetes-recipes-for-success
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3942738/
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa031314
http://www.diabetesatlas.org/
http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/204871/1/9789241565257_eng.pdf?ua=1
http://www.diabetescareproject.org/diabetes-fast-facts.html
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/infographics/adv-staggering-cost-of-diabetes.html
https://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r101022.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/CA456C1DECFA93B083A153FE85076848/S0007114513002298a.pdf/div-class-title-dietary-intake-of-carbohydrates-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-the-european-prospective-investigation-into-cancer-norfolk-study-div.pdf
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.568.1071&rep=rep1&type=pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2663724/pdf/ehn567.pdf
https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Reports/Diabetes_in_the_UK_2010.pdf
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/An_Pan2/publication/51562202_Red_meat_consumption_and_risk_of_type_2_diabetes_3_Cohorts_of_US_adults_and_an_ppdated_meta-analysis/links/02bfe5122dc0f60b4e000000.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3483430/

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