Historically, meat has been related to privilege, good health, and nutrition—revered as a food that should occupy a central position in our diet. So it should not surprise us that for many people around the world, the consumption of meat is still brings to mind all these connotations. 

But is meat really all that? And more importantly, is it a privilege to eat it?

The Real Privilege is your Health

Being able to enjoy good health, live in a world that is not devastated by the food industry, and propagate a more just and compassionate society for animals, is the only privilege we should aspire to through our diet.

Meat consumption is associated with diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer, in addition to the fact that more than 70% of human diseases originate from animals, including SARS, avian flu, MERS, and swine flu. Animals that are stressed from overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in intensive farming facilities are the perfect breeding ground for zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19, which many scientists believe originated in a wet market in China.

The Privilege of Ending Cruelty and Caring for the Planet

By eliminating meat from your meals, you show that you care for yourself, for animals, and for the planet. The suffering of animals farmed to produce meat is indescribable and, most importantly, unnecessary with the increasing variety of plant-based substitutes on the market. Furthermore, the livestock industry is destroying the planet, depleting our natural resources, and a major contributor to climate change.

Don’t ever think that you are exaggerating when you say that adhering to a plant-based diet is the best decision you’ve ever made. It is!

The Privilege of Living

In the United States, poor diet resulting in cardiovascular disease causes half of the country’s annual deaths, with a clear link to meat consumption according to the American Heart Association.  

Poor diet is not only bad for humans—it’s also considered a threat to national security. According to an article published by CNN, illnesses related to poor diet are a growing problem for the economy. In the U.S., health care spending has tripled between 1979 and 2018, going from 6.9% to 17.7% of the nation’s GDP.

Of course, you can eat healthy on a budget!

We are constantly told that eating healthy is a privilege that few can afford due to its high cost but that’s a myth. There are many ways you can save money AND buy nutritious, healthy, and fresh food that will keep you healthy in the long-run. It’s actually very easy to do and will make a huge difference in how you feel, as well as to the planet and animals who live here. So what are you waiting for—make the switch to plant-based today!