Date: 03 Jul 2017
Author: The Vegan Society Aotearoa

You may have seen this article on Stuff recently: How to be vegan or vegetarian and stay healthy.

We had to laugh. It continually amazes us how much effort Stuff and other mainstream media sites put into trying to show a vegan diet to be inherently unhealthy, whereas the truth is, it is omni diets that are inherently unhealthy. According to the NZ Heart Foundations own statistics, heart disease is the leading cause of death in NZ, with a third of all deaths caused by it and 1 in 20 adults currently living with the disease. You have to question why they do not advocate a plant-based diet as being a great help in reducing the effects of this disease and being a major factor in prevention.

There is much evidence to show that a plant-based diet is very healthy for you and can prevent many diseases, diseases that more research is showing to be associated with eating animals and their products. Indeed, Harvard recently produced this document showing how a plant-based diet will help in the fight against heart disease: Halt heart disease with a plant-based, oil-free diet.

We think there has been an increase in such articles, ever since this one and others like it showed up: Diets high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking. The meat and dairy industries are fearful that the truth is coming out and with more people investigating the health benefits of a plant-based diet, the impacts are being felt in animal agriculture.

The future is vegan.