9 Stats on Why a Plant-Based Diet Is Good You and Everyone Else

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People who eat a vegan diet:

    1. Have a 57% reduced risk of death from heart disease. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
    2. Have 68% lower rates of diabetes than meat eaters. (Adventist Health Study 2, VeganHealth.org)
    3. Have lower rates of cancer than meat eaters. For example, vegan women have 34% lower rates of cancers such as breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. (Huffington Post, U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)
    4. Can lose more weight than people on vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, or omnivorous diets. (Obesity Society)
    5. Can weight about 30 pounds less than non-vegetarians of similar height. (Loma Linda University)
    6. Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions because livestock and their byproducts account for at least 14-18% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
    7. Save the lives of nearly 200 animals per year, in addition to alleviating their entire lives spent in emotional distress, isolation, and suffering. (PETA)
    8. Could save the world $1 trillion per year in healthcare costs, unpaid care, and lost working days. (PNAS and NBC News)
    9. Save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, and 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), and they save one animal’s life. (Cowspiracy.com, University of Twente, the Netherlands, Scientific American, The Environmental Working Group, Langdon Street Press)
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