We are fortunate to live in one of the most well-informed societies ever, yet the majority of us have no idea how to analyze and understand the cornerstone of information in our modern age: science. It seems that there is a scientific study to prove anything, and a corresponding sucker who will believe it.
I know a young man who is adamant that all grains (refined or whole) are destructive to your health and insists you must have meat in your diet. His arguments are cogent, and he is knowledgeable on the subject citing a variety of authors and scientific studies. How can we argue with that? We can and we must because the vegan community actually has the weight of scientific truth on our side.
Decoding Scientific Studies about veganism:
If one study, or even ten studies imply that something is so, does that make it a scientific fact? Our society is in need of a set of comprehensive skills that allow us to rigorously analyze scientific data and make informed judgments about the validity of the information. We need to ask critical questions such as: was this a peer reviewed, double blind/controlled study? Is it published in a reputable scientific journal? How many test subjects were there? Ten? One hundred? Tens of thousands .What is the duration of the study conducted? Even if all these factors are satisfactory, how many times was this study conducted with the same results? And perhaps most importantly, have the findings been accepted by major health organizations charged with the responsibility of analyzing all available data and presenting the public with a position?
It is important to consider who sponsored or funded the study as well. You can find lots of studies saying milk does a body good, but who paid for those studies? If you investigate deeply you will find that the dairy industry is behind much of this “research.” Likewise there are a plethora of studies showing that evolution is impossible, and global warming is a myth. But why do most reasonable people accept evolution and global warming as scientific truths? Because the majority of the scientific community has come to the certain conclusion that they are truths based on the rigorous analysis of the facts. We must have a consistent standard that we apply to all science, regardless of our political or pious prejudice.
Veganism is a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation. Many people choose veganism for ethical, environmental or health reasons and this changing trend is highly promoting plant-based diet.
Personally, I see many reasons to switch to a vegan diet. Let’s discuss few of them here; because veganism is so vast that I would need to write a book to cover it entirely.
Before jumping into the reasons or rather the benefits of veganism, let’s talk about what kind of diet suits human body the best and why. Also, we will take various factors of our body construction into account. Understanding the process of digestion in relation to the structure of the body will give you a better view of the science behind veganism in comparison to a non-vegan diet.
Food as Fuel:
Our physical body is just an accumulation of food and the kind of food we put into this system has tremendous impact on our body construction. Therefore, it is very important to understand what kind of fuel our body is designed for.
Fuel of any kind might still help you move around, but the body will not function at its optimal capacity, and its life span would also be substantially reduced.
Have you ever experienced your energy level and mood changes when you eat certain kinds of foods? Some keep you energetic while others make you dull, lethargic and sleepy and that’s the key to choosing the right fuel for our body.
As far as consuming protein is concerned, it is important to understand that only three percent of our body is composed of protein and excess protein consumption can cause cancer.
Meat runs high in protein. A very small portion of the meat that one consumes can fulfill the human protein requirement. The remaining portion, which travels very slowly through the
alimentary canal, leads to a variety of problems such as excessive bacterial
activity, enhanced sleep quota, increased inertia levels in the body, and
decreased cellular regeneration.