Avoiding Eggs Won’t Kill You

I’ve recently heard someone claim that animal rights activists or vegan activists try to encourage people not to eat eggs simply because they want to ‘kill off humans’. I’m genuinely curious as to whether or not people actually believe this.

As a vegan activist, I can confidently say that I encourage people to eliminate eggs from their diet because they have been proven to be dangerous to human health and the egg industry can also be cruel.

I care about animals and human health. At no point did I ever wish for any humans to die or for all humans to completely vanish of the earth (although every living thing and the planet would greatly benefit from this). I highly doubt that many animal rights or vegan activists are motivated by the death of humans nor would they wish that upon anyone.

This claim also doesn’t make sense to me because eliminating eggs from your diet will not make you ill, nutrient deficient or kill you. In fact, it should do the opposite.

How are eggs unhealthy?

Here are a couple of reasons:

– Eggs contain animal proteins which have been proven to be harmful for the human body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9XTjnvlIUI

– Eggs also contains cholesterol which we don’t need. Our bodies make enough cholesterol that our bodies need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNby8ongJsM

Removing eggs from your diet should actually improve your overall health. We don’t need eggs to survive and it’s actually kind of strange to be eating the unfertilised eggs of another species anyway.

But don’t take my word for it. Visit the websites of physicians who are reversing cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc. by simply placing patients on a plant-based diet (A diet which does not include animal products ie. meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey)

How are eggs cruel?

Again, here are a few reasons:

-The egg industry can often be cruel. This includes grinding up male chicks whilst they are still fully alive and conscious. And yes, small chicks are still able to experience both physical and emotional pain. The male chicks are practically useless to the egg industry and are therefor considered as ‘waste’.

-Another method of killing the male chicks is simply gassing the chicks, again, whilst they are still alive and fully conscious.

-Chicks beaks are removed to avoid the animals from pecking at each other out of frustration and lack of space. Chicks’ beaks are extremely sensitive, but the removal is still carried out without anaesthetics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ5qAfyUuWE

-Often, eggs can come from hens which are confined in small cages, sometimes, unable to even spread their wings. Place a chicken in a cage with a hole where they can see outside, but still unable to go outside and actually fly and be free, and you can call it ‘Free-ranged’. Many people may choose to buy Free-ranged for ethical reasons but are often still unaware as to how the chickens are treated.

Battery cages – Note the low light intensity beyond range of the camera flashgun

There are plenty of other reasons as to why eggs are not ethical, but the reasons listed above are the reasons I tend to focus on.

You can learn more about the unethical side of eggs on www.bitesizevegan.com or www.peta.org.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.Share this post if you think it was informative or helpful. Share buttons are below. Thank you.

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Is Butter Good For You?

”The Danish Dairy Research Foundation recently funded a study in hopes of improving butter’s reputation. Instead, the study found that butter is still bad for you.
 “The study’s findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, instead established that even moderate levels of butter consumption could result in higher cholesterol. At the very least, the study showed that butter raises blood cholesterol levels more than alternatives like olive oil.” – The Washington Post
Countless studies have shown dairy products to be detrimental to human health. Just last year, a study highlighted by The Telegraph found a link between milk consumption and lowered life expectancy. In fact, those who consumed three glasses of milk or more each day were twice as likely to die early as those who drank less or no milk.
MFA investigations at dairy facilities throughout the U.S. have documented a culture of cruelty and neglect. Cows used in dairy production are treated as mere milk-producing machines, and their lives are filled with fear and suffering.”
If your not fully convinced as to why consuming butter is a pretty bad idea, I’d encourage you to watch the video below.

By adopting a vegan diet, you can also reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.

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What Healthy Foods Help Protect Our Eyesight?

Many people who switch to a vegan diet often claim that their eyesight has improved since making the switch. Below is a list of healthy vegan foods which may help improve and protect your eyesight.

1.Pink Or Red Grapefruit

Eating antioxidant-rich produce like pink and red grapefruit, which are rich in both vitamin C and beta carotene, can help protect your eye health.

2. Kale

The pair of antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are standouts in a family of nutrients called carotenoids because they’re the only carotenoids found in the lens of the eye. Like all antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin can defuse potentially damaging free radicals.

3.Quinoa

Replacing low-quality, refined carbs with healthy foods, such as, quinoa is a smart strategy for eyesight and overall health.

4. Sunflower Seeds

A diet full of foods rich in vitamin E, like sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, and butters made from these nuts and seeds can protect your vision.

5. Carrots

Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly.

6. Citrus And Berries

These fruits are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

7. Almonds

They’re filled with vitamin E, which research has shown to slow macular degeneration.

8. Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed peas contain zinc, an essential trace mineral that is found in high concentration in the eyes. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.

By adopting a vegan diet, not only could you protect and improve your eyesight, you can also reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
People are becoming more aware about how animal agriculture is unsustainable and often cruel, but it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.

To learn more about becoming vegan, visit the Becoming Vegan page.

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Fish and Diabetes

The following extract has been taken from www.nutritionfacts.org

”In the past two years, six separate meta-analyses have been published on the relationship between fish consumption and type 2 diabetes. The whole point of a meta-analysis is to compile the best studies done to date and see what the overall balance of evidence shows. The fact that there are six different ones published recently highlights how open the question remains. One thread of consistency, though, was that fish consumers in the United States tended to be at greater risk for diabetes.

If we include Europe, then fish eaters appeared to have a 38% increased risk of diabetes. On a per serving basis, that comes out to be about a 5% increase in risk for every serving of fish one has per week. To put that into perspective, a serving of red meat per day is associated with 19% increase in risk. Just one serving per day of fish would be equivalent to a 35% increase in risk. But why might fish be worse than red meat?

Fish intake may increase type 2 diabetes risk by increasing blood sugar levels, as a review of the evidence commissioned by the U.S. government found. The review found that blood sugars increase in diabetics given fish oil. Another possible cause is that omega 3’s appear to cause oxidative stress. A recent study, highlighted in my video, Fish and Diabetes, found that the insulin producing cells in the pancreas don’t appear to work as well in people who eat two or more servings of fish a week. Or it may not be related to omega 3’s at all but rather the environmental contaminants that build up in fish.

It all started with Agent Orange. We sprayed 20 million gallons of the stuff on Vietnam, and some of it was contaminated with trace amounts of dioxins. Though the Red Cross estimates that a million Vietnamese were adversely affected, what about all the servicemen who were exposed spraying it across the countryside? Reports started showing up that veterans exposed to Agent Orange appeared to have higher diabetes rates than unexposed veterans, a link that’s now officially recognized.

These so-called “persistent organic pollutants” are mainly man-made industrial chemicals and are among the most hazardous compounds ever synthesized. They include dioxins, PCBs, and certain chlorine-containing pesticides, all of which are highly resistant to breakdown in the environment.

Initially condemned for their deleterious effect on reproductive function and their ability to cause cancer, there is now a growing body of evidence showing that exposure to these pollutants leads to metabolic diseases such as diabetes. This is a breakthrough that “should require our greatest attention.”

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Does Meat Affect Diabetes?

Dr. Greger explains in the video below how meat can affect diabetes.

Description: Potential culprits include the trans fat in meat, the saturated fat, cholesterol, heme iron, advanced glycation end products (glycotoxins), animal protein (especially leucine), zoonotic viruses, and industrial pollutants that accumulate up the food chain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=214&v=6t4tBmbPko8

The video below also shows Dr. Garth Davis revealing what researchers found in a European diabetes study.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiBAYK4t9pA

If you would like to learn more about how the consumption of animal products can be harmful to the human body, visit the Health page.

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Not only is animal agriculture unsustainable and often cruel, it’s been proven that animal products are harmful to human health and the environment. If we don’t begin to make changes in our diets soon, we will be suffering serious consequences in just a few decades.
By adopting a vegan diet you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. You can also cure allergies and acne as well as improving sleep and boosting energy levels.
Your diet will be more friendly to the environment. You’ll be reducing your water usage as well as helping to preserve habitats and species across the world.
You will also be avoiding contributing to animal cruelty by the food industry.
To learn more about becoming vegan, visit  the Becoming Vegan page.

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How To Get Rid Of Menstrual Cramps With Your Diet

Menstrual pain is significant in about half of women, and in up to 10 percent it is severe enough to interfere with work and other activities for one to two days every month.

Menstrual cramps can be caused by inflammation. A plant-based diet has been proven to reduce overall inflammation in the body.  Women were put on an anti-inflammatory diet, a whole food plant based diet, for two menstrual cycles. These women experienced significant pain relief for menstrual cramps which included reduction in pain duration and pain intensity.

Menstrual cramps may also be caused by hormones. In every monthly menstrual cycle, the amount of estrogens in a woman’s body rises and falls. Estrogens are female sex hormones.  They are responsible for breast development at puberty, and each month, they cause the lining of the uterus to thicken in anticipation of pregnancy.  Any kind of fat drives estrogen levels up. It does not matter if it is animal fat or vegetable oil; the more of it there is in your diet, the more estrogen your body makes.

The Ideal Diet:

 A plant-based diet.

This means:

  • No animal products (meat, fish, dairy, eggs)
  • Low in oils
  • Plenty of whole foods

And for those concerned, yes, this is a healthy diet and it is easy to meet all of your nutritional requirements on a plant-based diet.  If you’re not quite convinced, visit www.nutritionfacts.org

This diet automatically eliminates all animal fats and its recommended that you eliminate nearly all vegetable oils. Less fat in the diet means that less estrogen is produced, which is a good thing.

Plant foods also increase the amount of fiber in your diet, which helps your body to get rid of excess estrogens. Estrogens are normally pulled from the bloodstream by the liver, which sends them through a small tube, called the bile duct, into the intestinal tract. There, fiber soaks them up like a sponge and carries them out with the wastes. The more fiber there is in your diet, the better your natural “estrogen disposal system” works.  Animal products don’t contain fiber. If fish, chicken, yogurt, or other animal products make up any substantial part of your diet, there will be less fiber in the digestive tract. The result is disastrous. The waste estrogens, that should bind to fiber and leave the body, end up passing back into the bloodstream. This hormone “recycling” increases the amount of estrogen in the blood. But you can block it with the fiber in grains, vegetables, beans, and other plant foods that keep waste estrogens headed toward the exit.

By avoiding animal products and added oils, you reduce estrogen production. And by replacing chicken, skim milk, and other fiberless foods with grains, beans, and vegetables, you will increase estrogen elimination.

It is important to avoid animal products and oily foods completely. Even seemingly modest amounts of them during the course of the month can cause more symptoms at the end of the month.

Some other benefits from this diet:

  • Healthy weight loss
  • Increased energy levels
  • Reduced allergies
  • Improved immune system
  • Reduced overall illness
  • Lower risks of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer etc.
  • Improved skin/acne
  • Stronger and faster-growing hair and nails

If you would like to learn more about how animal products affect our health, visit the Health Page. If you would like to learn more about transitioning to a plant-based diet/lifestyle, visit the Becoming Vegan Page.
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Vegan Dogs – Required Nutrients?

If you are feeding your dog commercial dog food, you may be jeopardising their health.  Often, commercial pet foods are composed of ground up animals which are deemed unfit for human consumption. Most of them contain hormones, pesticides and antibiotics, all of which can be harmful to your pet. Visit the Truth About The Pet Food Industry post to find out more about what could be in your dogs’ commercial pet food.

Some people who have decided to put their dogs on a diet free of animal products may be concerned about their dogs’ nutritional requirements. Below is a list of required nutrients for dogs.

Taurine and L-Carnitine
These amino acids deserve special attention. They are not considered essential because dogs can synthesize them in their livers. However, some dogs may have trouble synthesizing enough taurine and L-carnitine to meet their nutritional needs. These amino acids are not found naturally in vegan foods. It is recommended that you supplement your dog with these amino acids, or be sure to choose a vegan dog food brand which contains them. Deficiency can lead to heart problems.

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are an important source of energy and can also provide fiber, minerals like iron, and antioxidants. Note that starches need to be thoroughly cooked in order for the dog to utilize them. Otherwise the starches can start to ferment in the large intestine and cause health issues. Any starches you give your dog (such as lentils) need to be cooked until very soft and ideally mashed.

Vitamin D
If making your own vegan dog food, you will need to supplement your dog’s feed with vitamin D. Make sure any commercial vegan dog food you choose contains vitamin D.  Note that too much vitamin D is toxic to dogs.

Amino Acids
The 10 essential amino acids are: arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. All of these essential amino acids for dogs can be found in vegan foods. However, some aren’t as readily available as others. If making your own vegan dog food, you will likely need to combine proteins to make sure your dog is getting enough of each type of essential amino acid. Commercial vegan dog foods are usually formulated to provide the right amino acids.

Protein
The AAFCO has set the minimum protein requirement per dry weight at 18% (and 22% for puppy food). Some low-active dogs might be find with 18% protein, but experts generally recommend around 25-30% protein for active and growing dogs. When choosing vegan dog food, choose options with higher protein percentages to compensate for the lower assimilation of vegetable proteins. About 30% of protein goes towards maintaining skin and coat, so the first sign of protein deficiency will probably be a poor coat. To ensure that your dog gets enough, make sure that approximately a third to a half of their meal consists of a high-quality protein source (such as well-cooked legumes – pintos, chick peas, soy beans, lentils, and split peas are all good). Other high-protein foods include tempeh, tofu, TVP, hummus, sprouted lentils/garbanzo beans (ground/blended).

Oils & Essential Fatty Acids
Dogs need a certain amount of oil in their diets, and if they’re lacking it, their coat will be a clear sign. A lusterless coat can transform after a few days of including a nutritious oil in the diet, such as flax. A dog’s oil requirements can also be met with 1-2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed butter), flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, or ground flax seeds. A teaspoon or two of organic sunflower, olive, or other food oil poured over their food will get them to eat anything! Flax and hemp have the added benefit of being Omega-rich.

Enzymes & Beta-carotene
Sweet potatoes, carrots and other orange-colored root vegetables are important sources of beta-carotene, and should be included on a regular basis (cut finely and/or mashed). Regular potatoes (in small pieces or mashed) are also fine to include on occasion, but they do not include this important nutrient. Dogs convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is a necessary nutrient that is hard for them to get elsewhere in a plant-based diet. Other vegetables (also cut finely and/or mashed) are good to include whenever possible, for the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber. The best choices are pumpkin, squash, yams, carrots, and also other small bits of broccoli, brussels sprouts, cooked cabbage, etc. Raw, grated carrot and/or beetroot is good, as well as sprouts, and/or raw, dark leafy greens, finely chopped and mixed in well with their meals.


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