24 Reasons More Men Should Go Vegan

American women are more likely to care about animal rights than American men, according to a recent YouGov study. The study found that 84 percent of women in the U.S. claim to “care a lot” about animal rights, while only 69 percent of American men say the same.

As regrettable as these findings are, they really aren’t that surprising. Around the world, societies feminize compassion and masculinize eating meat, and the “protein myth” isn’t easy to unlearn. Men are conditioned to believe that eating animals makes them strong and masculine, and the meat industry perpetuates this unfortunate misconception, spending billions of dollars annually on advertising that appeals to men, from oversexualized print ads to commercials that have men chanting, “Go meat!” But there are so many reasons more men should try veganism.

Men in the U.S. eat way too much meat, and it’s literally killing them. Meat consumption is linked to many of today’s deadliest illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And dairy consumption has been linked to everything from Parkinson’s disease to acne. A vegan diet, on the other hand, has been shown to boost energy, lower stress, and improve fitness performance. Plus, vegans are reportedly more popular on dating apps.

Still need more motivation to make the switch? Here are 25 reasons men should try veganism.   

Meat Is Actually Gross

In 2013 the CDC reported that about 80 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. were given to animals raised for food—mostly to promote unnatural growth rates and prevent the spread of diseases. The CDC also estimates that at least 2 million infections in humans from antibiotic-resistant bacteria occur every year, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that 22 percent of these infections are linked to foodborne pathogens.

A Lot of Fish Is Contaminated With Plastic and Mercury

Not only is fish meat chock-full of saturated fat and cholesterol, but mercury levels in tuna are 10 million times higher than in seawater, and researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine found that 25 percent of fish tested had plastic in their bellies. Further, the FDA reports that seafood imports from China—around 27 percent of the seafood consumed by Americans—are often contaminated.

Going Vegan Can Lead to Better Fitness

Not only do vegans typically report faster recovery times after workouts, but countless studies demonstrate that a plant-based diet is perfect for meeting the calorie and protein demands of physically active folks.

You’ll Probably Smell Better

According to a recent study published in Evolution & Human Behavior, women prefer the body odor of men who eat their fruits and veggies. 

Plant-Based Diets Lower Cholesterol 

According to a recent dietary review of 49 observational and controlled studies, vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets, are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol, including lower levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, compared with omnivorous diets.

Vegans Are 42 Percent Less Likely to Develop Heart Disease 

According to Newsweek, a recent study from the American Heart Association found that a plant-based diet is the best choice for reducing your risk of heart disease—even if you don’t have a history of cardiac conditions.

Plant-Based Diets Reduce the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the CDC, but plant-based diets could help change that number. New research from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found that a vegan diet may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Meat Consumption Is Linked to Prostate Cancer

The World Health Organization suggests that both red and processed meats may be associated with increased risk of prostate cancer.

A Vegan Diet Boosts Immune Health

The immune-boosting power of plant-based diets is partly due to their high vitamin and low fat content, but other contributors, such as reduced toxic chemicals and animal proteins, could be partially responsible as well.

Your Skin Will Probably Get Clearer

Milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, and a wealth of research links dairy consumption to acne.

Plant-Based Diets Can Make It Easier to Maintain a Healthy Weight 

Studies show that people who follow plant-based diets generally have lower BMIs, and for people with diabetes, plant-based diets lead to twice as much weight loss as a traditional diabetes diet. 

A Single Vegan Meal Can Improve Sexual Performance

Eating just one vegan meal can improve sexual performance, according to The Game Changers, a forthcoming documentary that shows men recording better erections after going plant-based for the night. 

Eating More Plants Will Help You Stay Hydrated 

Most fruits and vegetables contain water, and plant foods like strawberries, spinach, celery, cantaloupe, watermelon, green peppers, cucumbers, and oranges have the highest water content of all—so eating more plants could help you stay hydrated.

Most People Are Lactose Intolerant

An astonishing three-quarters of people actually lack the enzyme to properly digest cow’s milk. An estimated 98 percent of Southeast Asians; 90 percent of Asian Americans; 74 percent of Native Americans; 70 percent of African Americans; and the majority of Jewish, Latino, and Indian people suffer from lactose intolerance.

Dairy Consumption Is Linked with Increased Bone Fracture Risk

If you’re anything like me, you grew up believing that milk is essential for strong bones. But clinical research shows that dairy products have little, if any, positive effects on our bones. In fact, high cow’s milk intake is associated with increased risk for bone fractures and death, according to a 2014 study in The British Medical Journal.

Dairy Consumption May Increase the Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

Back in 2017, a Harvard University study found that consuming three or more servings of low-fat dairy each day was associated with a higher risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in a large pool of U.S. men and women.

The World Health Organization Says Bacon Is a Group 1 Carcinogen 

In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that bacon and processed meats, like lunch meats and hot dogs, top the list of “Group 1” carcinogens. Try one of these tasty recipes the next time you have a hankering for bacon.

It’s Good Enough for Lewis Hamilton, Kyrie Irving, and Colin Kaepernick

So many Olympians, NFL players, and NBA players are embracing plant-based diets these days, and it makes sense. Countless studies have shown that a vegan diet is ideal for meeting an athlete’s calorie and protein needs, and vegans typically report greater energy and speedier recovery. 

Studies Show Kindness Is Good for Us

Being kind is what veganism is all about, and there are documented health benefits to practicing kindness. Research conducted in 2017 by the Born This Way Foundation found a direct link between kindness and good mental health, and other studies show that practicing kindness relieves pain and decreases high blood pressure.

You’ll Most Likely Become More Regular

Plant-based diets are high in fiber, and high-fiber diets lead to regular bowel movements. So if you’re someone who struggles with regularity, going vegan could help you. 

A Vegan Diet Can Lower Stress

According to a study published in Nutritional Neuroscience, a vegan diet could lower your stress and anxiety levels

Kale Is a Better Source of Calcium Than Cow’s Milk

Many vegan foods—like tofu, kale, and oats—have more calcium than cow’s milk. Plus, as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine points out, “Protein from animal products is much more likely to cause calcium loss than protein from plant foods.”

Cheese Isn’t Very Good for Us

Cheese does contain some nutrients, like B12 and calcium, but most cheeses are also high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and complexion-wrecking hormones. And since dairy is highly acidic, eating cheese may contribute to arthritis and chronic inflammation as well.  

Vegans Are More Popular on Dating Apps

With the growing demand for plant-based options, there's never been a better time to go vegan. And you don't have to make the switch all on your own. For grocery shopping tips, recipe inspiration, and general support, just head over to ChooseVeg.  
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