Ready to Go Vegan for Veganuary? These 101 Reasons Should Help.

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You may choose to go vegan for your health, the planet, or the billions of animals slaughtered each year for food. They’re all good reasons to move meat and dairy off of your plate for Veganuary and make room for plant-based food instead. 

Vegan food is everywhere these days. From the fresh, whole foods at our local supermarkets and farmers markets to the not-so-healthy-but-still-healthier-than-meat-and-dairy vegan junk food options at fast-food chains around the world, it’s never been easier to go vegan, and Veganuary is the perfect time to start.

There are scores of studies pointing to the benefit of eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. But there’s good reason to leave meat off the plate entirely—even prior to the COVID link to animal consumption. According to the World Health Organization, regular consumption of red and processed meats can greatly increase the risk of certain types of cancer. For example, eating fewer than two slices of bacon a day increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

Just like reducing or eliminating meat from our diets is good for our health, it’s better for the planet, too. According to the United Nations  Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Programme, reducing intensively farmed meat consumption is “good for people and the planet.”

A 2018 study conducted by Beyond Meat and the University of Michigan found a big gain in reducing GHGs by reducing meat consumption. The study found that swapping beef burgers for plant-based options just three times a week on average could save the equivalent emissions produced by 12 million cars. Ready to get started? Here’s some Veganuary motivation.

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101 Reasons to Eat Vegan

  1. Bananas
  2. Avocados
  3. Lentils
  4. Black Beans
  5. Cauliflower Steak
  6. Burritos
  7. Coconut Smoothies
  8. Veggie Pret
  9. Cashew Cheese
  10. Beyond Burgers
  11. Beyond Chicken
  12. Vegan Ben and Jerry’s
  13. The One Trillion Fish Caught From the Oceans for Food
  14. Pretzels
  15. Peanut Butter
  16. Tomato Soup
  17. Red and Processed Meat’s Cancer Risk
  18. Ramen Hood (a Los Angeles must)
  19. Impossible Nuggets
  20. Mushrooms
  21. Cabbage 
  22. Tofu
  23. Eggless Mayo
  24. Hong Kong’s Vegan Movement
  25. Joaquin Phoenix
  26. Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen and Plant Chef Vegan Ranges
  27. Baby Cows 
  28. Seaweed
  29. Keeping CO2 Out of the Atmosphere
  30. Kale
  31. Croutons
  32. Lemons
  33. All the Vegan Brands JAY-Z Invests In
  34. The McPlant
  35. Tickling a Pig’s Belly
  36. Low Cholesterol
  37. Olives
  38. Vegan Butter
  39. Hummus
  40. Steamed Broccoli
  41. Artichokes
  42. Feeding Blueberries to Chickens
  43. Watermelon
  44. IKEA’s Vegan Meatballs
  45. Veggie Dumplings
  46. Tofurky Roasts
  47. Vegan Butchers
  48. Deforestation
  49. Guacamole
  50. Spotted Owls
  51. Popcorn
  52. The Paris Agreement
  53. Greta Thunberg
  54. Gelatin-Free Gummies
  55. Gelatin-Free Marshmallows
  56. Dark Chocolate
  57. So. Many. Antioxidants. From. Plants.
  58. Oat Milk Tastes Better Than Cow’s Milk
  59. Flax Seeds
  60. Vegan Ribs
  61. Hot Sauce
  62. Oyster Mushroom Fried Chicken Like Lizzo Makes 
  63. Vegan Tuna
  64. More Fiber
  65. Seitan
  66. Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
  67. Pickles
  68. The 1.5 Billion Pigs Killed for Food Every Year
  69. Impossible Whoppers
  70. Vegan Fried Chicken
  71. Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
  72. Starbucks Vegan Lattes
  73. Dairy Farmers Switching to Vegan Milk
  74. Starbucks’ No Longer Charging for Vegan Milk
  75. Dairy Farmers Switching to Vegan Milk
  76. Regenerative Agriculture
  77. IKEA’s Vegan Hot Dogs
  78. Dairy-Free Cheeseburgers
  79. Plant-Based Corned Beef
  80. Tempeh
  81. Cauliflower Wings
  82. 46 Million Thanksgiving Turkeys
  83. Heirloom Tomatoes
  84. Billie Eilish
  85. Avocado Toast
  86. Candy Apples
  87. 39 Million Cattle Raised for Milk and Meat
  88. Lewis Hamilton
  89. Sweet Potato Fries
  90. Black Bean Soup
  91. Vegan Sausages
  92. Chia Seed Pudding
  93. IKEA’s Vegan Ice Cream
  94. Kite Hill’s Vegan Ravioli
  95. Dosa
  96. 50 Billion Chickens Killed for Meat
  97. 300 Million Chickens Caged for Their Eggs 
  98. The 8,100 Vegan Restaurants Worldwide
  99. Reduced Cholesterol
  100. Your Health
  101. Your Planet

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