July 6, 2020
🎉 It's v-dog's 15th birthday! In honor of 15 years making plant-powered food for dogs, we're sharing our top 15 reasons for you (and your pup!) to celebrate being vegan.
Veganism is the most compassionate, earth-friendly, animal-friendly, human-friendly diet out there! But it goes so much further than being a diet — it's truly a lifestyle. Being vegan has never been easier and here's why we're celebrating...
#1 Your actions match your heart
We love animals, and we bet you do too! Do you ever find yourself tearing up watching heartwarming videos like a cow escaping slaughter to save her baby or the amazing recovery and love of an orphaned piglet & calf? When you choose to be vegan (and feed a vegan diet to your pup!), you know that you're no longer the reason that animals need rescuing.
#2 Your heart is protected
Unfortunately, 1 in 4 deaths in the US are caused by heart disease and it's estimated that about 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. But here’s the good news — heart disease is not an inevitable death sentence for 25% of us, it's a symptom of our eating habits. A recent study found that a plant-based diet was consistently linked with improved measures of heart health. People following a plant-based diet reduced their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by a whopping 40%, coronary heart disease risk by 40% and hypertension risk by 34% — just by switching to a plant-based diet!
#3 You're not SAD anymore
Following the sad Standard American Diet (SAD) can increase your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and even depression. That kind of bad news would make anyone depressed. Several studies have shown that people who eat diets high in processed meat, sweets, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy products are more likely to report being depressed. And conversely those who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains were less likely to report being depressed. But you already knew that eating your veggies was good for you!
#4 It keeps you lean and regular
Compared to groups of vegetarians, omnivores and flexitarians, vegans are the only group who average a normal and healthy BMI. This is because animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) are highly concentrated sources of calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. They are also low in carbohydrates and devoid of fiber. Most Americans barely get half of the recommended 25-30 grams of daily fiber that helps keep your digestion moving and helps prevent constipation, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and diverticulosis. And don't forget about your pup too! At v-dog, we've seen countless dogs reach their optimal weight and achieve healthier digestion by switching to our nutritionally balanced vegan food.
#5 It gives you glowing skin
Many of us know from personal experience that giving up dairy can help your acne clear right up. Dairy cows (mother cows) are treated with hormones, and there are hormones that are naturally present in their milk that can cause inflammation and acne. Dogs and humans alike can see major improvements in their skin on a vegan diet, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
#6 Water is life
Do you care about the environment? Of course, we all do! It's absolutely shocking to learn about the heavy toll that eating animals has on the environment. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Here in the United States, we raise and slaughter 34 million cows per year. Being vegan could save up to 724,925 gallons of water per person each year. That’s a lot of water!
#7 Vegans are resourceful
It's not just water. Did you know that plant foods require only a small fraction of the resources that animal products do, making them both a more sustainable and ethical choice? If you ever think you can't make a difference, consider that each day that a person eats a vegan diet...
1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life ARE SAVED.
That’s something to celebrate!
#8 Being vegan expands your culinary horizons
There are 1000 to 2000 edible plants that we know of. Of those, only 100 to 200 are included in global trade and consumption, and about 15 species provide the majority of calories we consume. Going vegan opens you up to a whole new world of cooking adventures. Check out a couple of our favorite vegan cooking blogs!
#9 It starts wonderful conversations
When someone asks you “Why did you go vegan?," it can lead to important discussions on things like morality, animal rights, human diseases, animal agriculture, climate change, and our role in ecology. Which can also lead to conversations about the ways humans treat each other, war, food sovereignty, religion, and health. It's the gateway conversation starter!
#10 Americans are finally eating less meat
And in no small part thanks to a global pandemic. A recent study shows that 50% of Americans want more plant based meat alternatives. As we’ve learned, most new diseases come from animals and if we continue to use animals as food, our risk will continue as well.
#11 The vegan market is growing
The growth of plant-based alternatives has exploded. US sales of plant-based alternatives have grown 31% over the two-year period to reach nearly $4.5 billion as of July 2019. Plant based milk options like soy, almond, oat, cashew, and rice have been quickly taking over the market over dairy. And if you invested $1,000 in Beyond Meat on the day it went public in March 2019, that investment would be worth nearly $4,500 as of Feb. 5, 2020, for a total 345% return.
#12 Vegan athletes are crushing it
A common theme in all of these athletes' stories is that ditching animal products helped improve their game. Olympians Michael Phelps and Aly Raisman have lent their voices and their faces to Silk soymilk, and are donating $150,000 to Feeding America in the process.
#13 All the best celebs are doing it
We love this list of amazing and inspiring vegans who have made public stands to be the voice of the animals. The (growing) list includes Joaquin Phoenix, Moby, Woody Harrelson, Cory Booker, Kat Von D, and Miley Cyrus, to name a few.
#14 It's becoming super mainstream
There are now vegan options at Burger King, Carl’s Jr, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, Del Taco, and zpizza, with more options being added as demand grows. It's now easier than ever to pick up a hot vegan fast food meal while you're on the go!
#15 You (and your dog) can get every nutrient you need from plant-based sources
If we can absolutely thrive (and we can!) being vegan, that’s reason to celebrate!
V-dog is proud to be a vegan owned and operated business that makes animal products without animal products. Since 2005, thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes have been thriving on our nutritionally complete vegan food. Check out their stories here! Our dog food meets AAFCO nutrition standards and is free of byproducts, fillers, and common allergens. Learn more about what we do at v-dog.com.