Interesting facts about plant-based Living

A vegan lifestyle is inspiring and learning more about it makes you appreciate the dedication and respect for animals and the planet that vegans possess. While not everyone chooses to be vegan because of animals, the lifestyle ultimately benefits them and the planet, so it’s noble regardless of the reasons behind someone choosing a plant-based lifestyle. 

To inspire you to consider more of a plant-based lifestyle, here are 10 facts about veganism and plant-based diets you may not know:

  1. Approximately 5% of the U.S. (close to 16 million people) is vegetarian , and about half of those are vegan — so about 7.5 million Americans abstain from all animal products.

  2. The philosophy that animals should not be exploited for food or any other purpose and the lifestyle name was titled ‘vegan’ in the 1940s, which was also when the Vegan Society was founded. 

  3. Approximately 25 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of wheat, but around 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of meat.

  4. Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet changed more than 500 genes in just 3 months. It activated genes that prevented disease and deactivated genes that caused various cancers and other illnesses.

  5. Plants yield 10 times more protein per acre than meat.

  6. Benjamin Franklin introduced tofu to America in 1770. 

  7. Vegans tend to have lower rates of cancer than meat-eaters and vegetarians. For example, vegan women had 34% lower rates of female-specific cancers like breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Similar results were found in men for prostate cancer.

  8. The first cookbook to use the new word ‘vegan’ in its title was Fay K. Henderson's Vegan Recipes published in 1946.

  9. Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body’s metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals.

  10. In 2016, Oxford Martin School researchers found that a global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds, and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion (US).