There are an abundance of reasons why one might wish to go vegan. After considering all of the compelling arguments in favor of veganism, the question of whether to become a vegan will perhaps be easier to approach. The first and most obvious reason to go vegan is usually for the protection of the animals that otherwise often become the food of human beings.
Consider the fact, first of all, that there are plenty of food options available for humans. Plenty of those options do not necessitate any animal byproduct or component whatsoever. This has not always been the case and there surely is further room for growth but because of the options, it’s not as hard to make what many would see as the right choice for the animals.
The notion of protecting animals may not be the first issue for every person considering veganism but it certainly is a nice afterthought, if nothing else. The ethical consideration for animals is front and center in the debate. There is no disputing that an animal, regardless of its potential as a future food item, will feel pain when harmed or killed. An additional consideration is the fact that in order for humans to enjoy products such as milk and eggs, cows and chicken must become resource-giving slaves to farmers and human bellies.
Maybe you personally have a different ethical viewpoint and can make some exception for killing when it is of a different species from yourself. If that is the case, becoming a vegan might still be an excellent choice for you from a dietary perspective. Aside from organic chicken and cage-free eggs, there are very little animal by-products that are even remotely healthy to eat on a regular basis. Most meat products consumed today are heavily processed and filled with preservatives.
Eating these, regardless of ethics, is not a positive for the chemistry of your body. Consider your own health when considering a vegan alternative lifestyle. What you put into your body can define you in a way.
Eating hamburgers covered in cheese every day will almost definitely have extremely detrimental effects on your body. Moderation may work for some, but if you’re cutting down so much already, why not kick the meat “habit” all together and try a fully ethical way of living that still enriches your health and nourishes your soul.