As many as 6% of U.S. consumers say they are vegan — a 6x (500%) increase compared to just 1% in 2014. More than 500,000 participants signed up for Veganuary’s 2021 challenge2, a 25% increase from 2020. In 2020, Veganary had more than 400,000 participants.
While some research has shown that vegan diets have positive health effects, such as lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, and diverticular disease, a recent BMC Medical study shows that vegans may have a higher risk of fractures.
More interesting stats:
Vegans spare the lives of about 30 animals each year.
Being vegan cuts your carbon footprint in half.
Vegans live longer.
Vegans save 1,100 gallons of water each day.
Vegans are less likely to die from heart disease.
Vegans save 45 pounds of grain each day.
A Vegan World?
If we all went vegan, the world’s food-related emissions would drop by 70% by 2050 according to a recent report on food and climate in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study’s authors from Oxford University put the economic value of these emissions savings at around 440 billion.
Veganism B-12 Concern
Going vegan side effects sometimes include anemia, disruptions in hormone production, vitamin B12 deficiencies, and depression from a lack of omega-3 fatty acids.
A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients. And people who don’t eat meat — vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less and have a lower risk of heart disease than nonvegetarians do.
A world vegan diet offers the best environmental benefits, decreasing emissions by 55 percent! The healthy diet scenario would result in 5.1 million fewer deaths per year worldwide; the vegetarian diet would save 7.3 million lives a year, and veganism would save 8.1 million lives annually.