Veganism. The Fastest Growing Health Movement Ever.

by | March 4, 2018

Veganism, it’s growing. Even families are going vegan by the thousand.

A new survey by Quartz states veganism is one of the biggest food trends this year. Three years ago, there wasn’t the large amount of buzz and attention surrounding veganism like we see today. Times are changing, people are starting to realize that the smiling happy cows we used to see on the back of milk cartons are not a true representation of farm life, and veganism is taking over as the fastest growing health movement ever.

There has been controversy within the vegan community about who is allowed to use the vegan label. The Vegan Society defines veganism as “A way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” By this definition, one can only qualify as a vegan if they believe in the ethical animal rights philosophy behind it.

The more common reasons for people exploring veganism are the overwhelming allergy cases that are being reported lately, with more people questioning the food supply chain, pesticides and what exactly they are eating. Health benefits, especially when established and well respected health organizations declare eating meat is akin to smoking cigarettes, and that dairy is linked to increased risks of certain cancers. 

But even though it might be the go-to diet right now, it’s actually been around for a while. But it’s gone from the peripheries to the mainstream in what seems like a heartbeat. It’s big business and red hot on social media. So why veganism? And why now is it becoming the fastest growing health movement?

 

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Why Now?

And in that moment of madness, the clock stopped ticking, the world stopped turning, my heart stopped beating & I heard your beautiful cry & my world opened up. #raisevegan

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As the world becomes more connected through social media, Instagram and Facebook accounts play a major part in the growth. Someone can see an engaging post, and within a few hours, be educated about factory farms, health and what they are doing to the environment. All of these sources of information have made it easier for people to research, something which might not have been so simple in the past.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the visits, the family who want to know and excitement. That we don’t take a second to pause and realize that we just brought a new soul earth bound. A person who can change the entire world. 📷 @sweetlittlejune

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Vegan pregnancies and raising vegan babies are on the rise, with Instagram accounts and groups up one hundred thousand in 2017 alone!

So whatever your beliefs surrounding veganism as a lifestyle philosophy, it is indisputable that eating more plants is one of the best things you can do for your health.

 

 

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