Animals

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Health



All facts presented here are from the book "Vegan: Mythen & Fakten - Die wichtigsten Fakten zur veganen Ernährung" by Jonas Blume


Humans don't need meat!

Somehow the meat industry managed to make humans believe they need meat to be healthy. This is just not true! The most common misconception is that a vegan diet is protein deficient. This concern is completely ridiculous since plant foods have great amounts of protein. Otherwise how could you explain that the largest and strongest animals on earth (e.g elephants, gorillas, rhinos, etc.) are plant eaters? Good protein sources are for example beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds.


It is true that milk is a source of calcium. Calcium is a mineral which can be found in soil and drinking water. It doesn't make sense to get it from a cow. Additionally, cow milk contains a large amount of animal protein which can acidify our bodies. To counteract this acidification our body uses up our calcium stored in our bones. This means that consuming milk actually depletes your body of calcium. Several studies confirm this claim by demonstrating that the countries with greater milk consumption also have higher rates of osteoporosis (bone atrophy) and countries with lower milk consumption have lower rates.

Milk doesn't strengthen your bones, it weakens them!


Human milk is good for human babies, cow milk is good for calves!

Milk, no matter from which species, is for the offspring to grow as fast as possible. Human milk contains the necessary protein, enzymes and hormones for human offspring to grow. Cow milk contains the nutrients that are needed for a 40 kg baby calf to grow to a 400 kg cow/bull as fast as possible. These nutrients, when consumed by humans, trigger cell growth and stop old cells from degrading naturally. In adults, cow milk consumption promotes cancer cell growth.


An egg contains 275mg of cholesterol. This value easily surpasses the daily recommended dose for an adult. Increased cholesterol levels can lead to coronary heart disease. This is the number one killer in industrialized countries. Additionally, the production of one egg means enormous stress for the hen. She utilizes a large amount of her calcium deposits to create the egg shell. By taking the egg from her, we remove the possibility for her to eat the egg shell (yes they actually do this) and recover the lost calcium.

Eggs are unhealthy!


Egg production is animal torture and murder!

In the breeding stations for egg hens male and female chicken are born. For the male chicks the egg industry has absolutely no use. This is why the male chicks are discarded right away. In most cases this means that the male chicks are shredded alive. Other methods are killing them with gas or suffocating them by putting them in plastic bags and closing them. Either the weight of their brothers stacked on top kills them or the lack of oxygen. Female chicks have better luck since they are not killed immediately but their life is short lived and full of cruelty. Laying eggs is a lot of stress for a hen and the egg industry generally has them in confined spaces where they cannot even properly stretch their wings.


According to the German Environmental Ministry and the German Institute of Risk Assessment, worldwide all fish are contaminated with mercury. Mercury in the human body can lead to nerve and brain damage. 84% of the tested fish probes contained mercury in amounts that were above the maximum tolerable limit for an adult. Fish also, like all meats, has great amounts of cholesterols, saturated fats and trans fats. All of these contribute to an increase in risk of stroke.

Fish is unhealthy!


Fishing contributes to by-kill & depletes ocean reserves!

Already, humans have depleted 75% of life in the oceans. According to some estimates, if we continue this way, we will have depleted everything by 2048. Per kilo of fish, five kilo of by-kill is produced. By-kill consists of sharks, dolphins, turtles and other aquatic beings. In the crab fishing industry the by-kill is even higher at 20 kilos per kilo of crabs. This means that every year the fishing industry kills 650.000 whales, dolphins, seals and other aquatic beings needlessly.


B12 is a byproduct of bacteria that can be found in soil and water. In western societies food is so rigorously cleaned that we eliminate B12 from these food sources. This has its advantages but also means we don't have the ability to get this vitamin naturally. Meat eaters still rarely have B12 deficiencies but this is because B12 is added to the food of livestock. So this means that vegans have to supplement with B12 or (after extensive research) eat wild growing herbs on a regular basis.

B12-deficiency is not a vegan problem but rather a civilization problem!


The rain forest is not being destroyed to grow soy for vegans!

It is true that the every second an area about the size of a football field is deforested in the Amazon. It is also true that this area is used to grow soy. What is not true is that this is to supply the soy demand of vegans. More than 90% of the soy beans grown worldwide are used to feed livestock. Also part of the deforested area in the Amazon is used to grow grass for livestock.


Everyday 800 million humans suffer from hunger. With our worldwide grain production we could feed more or less 10 billion humans. Unfortunately, more than half of it is fed to livestock. From the original 100 plant calories only 3 animal calories remain after taking the detour through the animal. 97% of the calories are wasted when we feed the grains to livestock instead of feeding them directly to humans.

More than 50% of the grains grown worldwide are used as animal feed!


Plants don't feel pain!

Plants do not have a central nervous system and a brain. This means that they cannot experience pain as we and other sentient beings do. The feeling of pain has an evolutionary benefit for beings that can move since it works as a warning signal to either flee or defend ourselves from the source of pain. Plants cannot move so there is no point, from an evolutionary perspective, for them to feel pain. Even if this were the case, a vegan diet still has a better reduction in overall suffering since the amount of plants a vegan eats in his entire lifetime is nothing compared to the amount of plants livestock consume in their short lives.


The change to a vegan diet does not mean that you have to replace every steak or sausage with its vegan alternative. It means, to a greater extent, that you have to sit down and think thoroughly about what you eat. This is an excellent way to discover new nutritious foods and recipes that are not only delicious but also cheap and healthy. To get high caloric dense foods for the least amount of money, animal products are a better source but if what you want is high nutrient dense foods for the least amount of money, plant based products such as beans, nuts, seeds, potatoes, oats, rice, fruit and vegetables are the way to go.

It is not expensive to eat vegan food!



All facts presented here are from the book "Vegan: Mythen & Fakten - Die wichtigsten Fakten zur veganen Ernährung" by Jonas Blume

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