There is no question that the United States is facing an epidemic in health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 11.8% of adults in the United States suffer from heart disease. It is the number one cause of death in the United States and is the result of nearly 600,000 deaths every year. [1] Even more startling is the fact that more than one third of American adults are obese, often suffering from preventive conditions such as type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. [2]

Unfortunately, the detrimental effects of animal consumption are not limited to personal diet alone; public health is at risk as well. According to the CDC "food animals serve as a reservoir of resistant pathogens and resistance mechanisms that can directly or indirectly result in antibiotic resistant infections in humans." [3]

The good news? Leading nutrion experts are now endorsing the benefits of a plant based diet for both its prevention and reversal capabilities. According to Vandana Sheth, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, “properly planned vegan diets are healthy, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of many diseases.” [4]

The plant based diet has unlimited potential in positive changes to health but it’s most notable for it’s ability to lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, weight reduction [5], and reverse heart disease. [6] Moreover, avoiding animal products also keeps the public away from the superbugs that are the product of antibiotic consumption by livestock.

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