Veganism Impact Report divulges the huge impact on the UK’s health, economy and emissions if the current meat-eating population went vegan
If we all went vegan, there would be 8,800 fewer cancer cases in the UK each year
29,445 fewer deaths if UK’s meat-eating population switched to a plant-based diet
New research has revealed that there would be 129,445 fewer deaths due to heart and circulatory disease per year if the whole of the UK’s current meat-eating population switched to a plant-based diet.
An estimated 152,405 people in the UK died of heart disease in 2017, but this would fall by a massive 129,544 to just 22,861 deaths per year if the population were to follow a vegan diet.
The Veganism Impact Report shows that 8,800 cancer cases are linked to processed or red meat consumption each year, suggesting that opting for a meat-free diet would significantly reduce the chances of developing stomach and bowel cancer.
There are many additional benefits that come with a diet that excludes all animal products, and these include:
Access to more nutrients
Making the change to a vegan diet from a typically-western diet often means relying on more foods to replace the nutrients that most protein meats offer.
Whole foods such as grains, vegetables, beans and seeds mean that a vegan diet is much more likely to be rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as potassium and magnesium. Health benefits from magnesium are great for relieving anxiety and headaches, and potassium for fatigue weakness and constipation.
Impact on mood swings
Multiple reports also claim that a vegan diet can be great for boosting your mood. There are a number of fruits that can help to improve your mood, including apples – that contain antioxidants to have positive impact on neurotransmitters in the brain – and berries, that can protect against oxidative stress.
Brazil nuts are a particularly great source of the mineral selenium, with studies showing that people who are low in the mineral can often suffer from depression and tiredness.
Lower cancer risk
As The Veganism Impact Report highlights, if none of the current meat-eating population in the UK switched to a vegan diet, there would be 8,800 cases of cancer linked to eating processed or red meat each year.
If 100% of the UK’s meat-eating population didn’t consume or use any animal products, there wouldn’t be any cancer cases linked to eating processed or red meat in the UK, with an estimated 354,517 people getting cancer per year.
Improved bone health
As calcium plays a crucial role in both dental and bone health, a vegan diet often places an emphasis on milk and cheese alternatives that can be just as good, or even better for protein. This includes vegan cheeses, almond, soy and even cashew milk, while kale, figs, spinach and roots greens are also excellent sources of calcium.
Aiming to highlight the pros and cons of a vegan diet, the interactive report uses statistics on the UK, EU and world’s annual animal product consumption to reveal how our trade, health, employment and economy would change if society switched to a plant-based diet.
For example, dairy products and bird eggs accounted for a huge £386 million of the UK’s exports in 2017, but if production rose to meet the increased consumption of a solely non-vegan population, these exports could rise to £390.5 million.
UK statistics are based on 1.16% of the population being vegan and do not take into account the vegetarian or pescatarian population. EU statistics are based on 5.9% of the population being vegan and vegetarian.
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