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VEGANS vs MEAT EATERS – Who Will Live Longer? Food / Diet Comparison

VEGANS vs MEAT EATERS – Who Will Live Longer? Food / Diet Comparison


We’ve all experienced it. We invite a friend to dinner, only to learn
that she is the dreaded V-word. We have a vague sense of what it means, but
we’re left with so many questions? Is it healthier? Will you sit on my leather couch? Can we still go to Taco Bell? In a world of health magazines and Planet
Fitness commercials, many people want to learn more about nutrition and which diets are the
healthiest. Wherever you go, no one can escape the growing
vegan phenomenon, so we thought it would be fun to explore it further in this episode
of The Infographics Show; Vegans vs Meat-eaters. A vegan is someone who follows a diet that
contains no animal meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or any other food that comes from
animals. They differ from vegetarians, who generally
still eat dairy and eggs as part of their diets. Vegans also typically abstain from using any
other products that come from animals, such as honey and leather jackets. Back in 2008, vegans only accounted for around
0.5% of the US population, or about 1 million people. As of polls taken in 2014, vegans now make
up roughly 2.5% of the population. At least in the United States, women seem
to be far bigger fans of veganism, making up around 79% of vegans. The number of meat eaters obviously far outweighs
the number of vegans throughout the world, with the highest concentration of vegans being
in Israel at only around 5% of their population. By not consuming any animal products, vegans
follow a dietary path similar to an herbivore. Herbivores are animals that feed exclusively
on plants, such as cows, giraffes, and adorable deer. Meat-eaters are typically omnivores, which
means that they eat both plants and animals. The term comes from the latin words Omni,
meaning “all or everything,” and the word Vorare, which means “to devour.” So basically omnivores are down to eat whatever. Most meat-eaters don’t solely eat just meat,
like a carnivore would do. That is, unless you’re Ron Swanson from
Parks and Rec. Then it’s beautiful bacon and sizzling steaks
all day! So humans are widely thought of as natural
omnivores, but some believe that humans are at their optimal health when following the
dietary habits of an herbivore. People often cite potential health benefits
and ethical dilemmas as the main reasons to go on a vegan diet. We won’t get into the ethics today, but
we are curious about the health differences between vegans and their meat-eating friends. People on a vegan diet tend to be leaner. In a cross-sectional study of nearly 40,000
(37,875) adults, meat-eaters had the highest mean body-mass-index, or BMI. Vegetarians were in the middle and vegans
had the lowest. Based on several studies from Finland, some
scientists have suggested that vegan diets may be helpful in the treatment of rheumatoid
arthritis. Vegans also appear to have lower rates of
hypertension than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Vegans also typically have lower cardiometabolic
risks for conditions like heart disease or strokes. The problem, however, doesn’t seem to be with
meat itself, but rather with the quality of meat. Recent findings have found that coronary heart
disease problems do not seem to be linked with red meat and saturated fats like previously
thought, but rather with processed meats. Based on a study of nearly 1.25 million people
(1,218,380), consumption of processed meats, not simply red meat, was associated with higher
rates of coronary heart disease.>From an evolutionary standpoint, meat-eating
omnivores also seem to be the reason behind the growth of our larger, more intelligent
brains. This is the result of the higher protein content
associated with meat consumption. The American Dietetic Association, or ADA,
states that the protein from plants can easily meet and exceed protein requirements, and
that being an omnivore merely increases the amount of protein sources a person can have
by including animal meat. Obviously, protein is important to both bone
health and muscle mass. One study even found that women who ate meat
had higher amounts of muscle mass than their vegetarian counterparts, even if the protein
intake was the same. While there certainly may be some health advantages
in going vegan, there seems to be some common deficiencies in the diet. One of these deficiencies is with the vitamin
B-12. The ADA states that there are no natural plant
foods that contain any significant amount of the vitamin. Vegans can still get it, but they need to
take a vitamin or consume fortified foods like soy milk and certain breakfast cereals. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very difficult
to come by on a vegan diet, but this can be overcome through the consumption of algae
supplements. With vegans requiring supplementation to meet
their nutritional needs, it supports the claim that veganism is unnatural, but that doesn’t
necessarily mean it’s unhealthy. At this point, some of you may be wondering
which diet leads to longer life spans. For that information, we turn to Okinawa. The traditional Okinawan diet is typically
regarded as the best for health and longevity, with the Okinawan islands having the greatest
concentration of centenarians in the world. An archipelago hundreds of miles off the coast
of Japan, Okinawa has about 740 centenarians out of its population of 1.3 million people. While their diets have been changing recently
due to globalization and factors like fast food chains, the traditional Okinawan diet
is made up of large amounts of plant-based carbohydrates (about 85% of their diet). Although they are primarily vegans, traditional
Okinawans still eat meat on special occasions, usually pork, as well as small amounts of
fish on a weekly basis. This doesn’t prove that small amounts of
animal products are vital to good health, but it does hint that the optimal human diet
can be achieved without going completely vegan. That said, many health organizations, including
the ADA, state that well-planned vegan diets are healthy and nutritionally adequate, and
may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. It seems like no matter what your dietary
preferences are, a healthy lifestyle can be achieved on or off a vegan diet. Are you or would you ever consider becoming
a vegan? Why or why not? Let us know down in the comments below. And if you like our videos and want to help
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Reader Comments

  1. I started this vegan thing because of one simple fact. Cultures that eat mostly vegetables live the longest and have fewer health problems. And all cultures that eat mostly meat have typical health problems. Soo you don't have to be genius to figure that simple fact out.

  2. To all the vegans and vegetarians in the comments mentioning that they are vegetarian or vegan… NOBODY cares!!! Thank you 😊

  3. I’m a meat eater….I feel bad for the animals but….
    A lot of animals eat other animals,And us humans are “animals” so we do have the right to eat some animal meat,right?

    I can’t be a vegan bc I don’t like vegetables,and only 2 fruits,I would starve to death

  4. The real culprits here are processed foods. Vegan or meat eater, processed foods are the real problem for your health.

  5. noooooooo I would never become a vegan! I love meat! I'm literally eating meat right now, as I post this comment.

  6. Just because you go vegetarian or vegan doesn't mean you are healthier and humans need some animal byproducts in their diet

  7. I hate when vegans/vegetarians say me dont you think that they are living creatures?Why do you eat them?You are vegetarian, I'm not.

  8. im vegetarian.why? because I think when you don't eat meat your stomach digest food faster and you don't feel like baloon all day, and I think that humans are treating earth and animals so bad and it must stop.

  9. Idk some of my friends who I do sports with are vegan, and constantly tired because they arent eating enough.. they're always asking how to get as muscular as I am when they do the exact same sport, and I believe it has something to do with the fact that I eat meat and dairy (like 2-3 times a week) whilst they do not.. and I have tried being vegan and had to eat constantly, and felt bloated all the time..there is nothing wrong with eating ethically sourced meat.. I think the fact that they do the same sport but don't have the same muscle mass does say something about the difference in diet. Also my stamina is a lot better. Not trying to sound cocky, just simple observations between me and my vegan teammates

  10. Its been proven scientifically a pure carnivore diet no greens or carbs IS healthier than pure vegans. You do get all your nutrients as vegans do not. You also have much healthier muscle mass. Vegans are idiots.

  11. Eat nothing but meat and dairy and fish. No greens or carbs. It is healthier than both vegan or omnivore diets.

  12. I'm over 60 years old now…I'm gonna enjoy my Sirloin Steaks..Baked Potatoes..Biscuits & Gravy.. Eat And Be Merry For Tomorrow You Die!

  13. I’m a carnivore and I will never become vegan, I’ve been a carnivore all my life and I just can’t take the change + I love to eat meat so much lol

  14. I am vegetarian and i would totally go vegan but im 16 and my parents wont let me. I hope that in 2 years i ll still have the same mindset as now and i ll go vegan:/

  15. Vitamin B12 supplements don’t “support the claim that veganism is unnatural” – B12 is only obtained by eating soil that is attached to vegetables etc it is not magically produced by animals. It’s a complex chemical from microorganisms contained in the soil. Ancient humans and other primates don’t tend to wash the plants thoroughly before eating like modern humans do – so “natural” claim is unfounded. Orangutan sometimes even eat handfuls of soil on rare occasions and scientists think this may be related to top up vitamin and mineral intake. Anyway the point isn’t about what is natural – that would stop us using bicycles and aeroplanes for fear of changing our bodies and evolution – we don’t stop doing those things so it’s not a valid excuse to keep killing animals.

  16. And as for usual people keep choosing the comfortable lies rather than listening to the uncomfortable truth. Way to cherry pick information to make a video with biesed information. Go read actually studies that are not funded by the dairy, egg and meat industries and then make an informed video instead of keep spreading old school lies.

  17. No animal are 100% planteaters, if they get the chance they hunt and eat baby birds for example, because it needs that to survive, they chew on bones and eat insects with theyr leaves

  18. I have been a vegan for 23 years. Most of my friends who turned vegan found immediate health benifits and their chronic health problems disappeared.

  19. All im gonna say is a lot vegans hate meat eaters because what they are supporting . In my eyes i don't hate meat eaters because most of you have grown up eating meat and have had a disconnect from what you are eating and the animal it used to be. I would only hate a meat eater if they knew all the facts about how there food is made and still didn't care. I was vegetarian for all my life and have only been vegan for the last year. The thing that changed me was the fact that mammals produce milk when they are pregnant or have a baby to feed, so i thought what happens to the baby if it is a male as it cant produce milk and has the wrong genes to be eaten. The answer is simple and distirbing. Step on its head. So now everytime your eating your cereal or having chocolate or cheese remember what your funding.

  20. The problem is that vegetable have no nutrition can’t survive eating grass , while meat that’s what the body need

  21. Do you know Kale is a complete source of protein..? Broccoli has more Protein than beef..? You can make milk from oats or nuts..? Macdonald's meat uses human children? .. 😲 (WHAT!!)

    Look it up! – Type in 'Dr Rabi Finkelstein Macdonald's'

    If your out of shape I urge you Go On A Fruit Diet and I promise in a few months you will be thin.. it really is that simple! 😄

    I'm 25 a vegan of 1 year.. My life has improved TREMENDOUSLY! No medical problems, indigestion, look younger, happier than can be!,.. theres too much!!😆

    Listen up kids when you die a Death Eater (Harry Potter reference) you become the animals you've eaten! This is is ancient knowledge of 1000's of years.. Read Davinci, Plutark, Ovid, Pythagoras, Plato.. ect..

    We are in the age of Aquarius now which is about knowing! Truth is coming out everywhere. School teaches you 1 thing which is to OBEY authority and DON'T ask questions..! I say ask as many as possible..

    If you follow the crowd you won't stand out..😘 (Thanks infinite waters channel!)

    Real eyes realize real lies! (Eric dubay)

    Love yourself love others.., meditate,.. eat healthy ..The universe will tell you the rest.. Peace.. 💕

  22. There is a lot of studies linking red meat, not just processed meat to different diseases. For example red meat is classified as carcinogenic in the same group with cigarettes and asbestos.

  23. B12 is a bateria in soil that is obsorbed by and converted by the body. Animals receive it IF they eat grass whch most do not so they are also given b12 as supplements.
    Omega 3 plant source – flax seed
    And btw taking supplements of b12 complex with folic acid gave me acne breakouts so be careful when supplementing with folic acid because your body might be unable to convert it into folate

    And Yes I am the V word. This V has done her research better than this video hahahha

  24. No I need meet it gives me my protein for muscle building but I do also hav plant based protein powder in my shakes

  25. Very simple question, meat eaters live longer, can't get 15 nutrients on a vegan diet. Controlled malnutrition to the masses

  26. Since you asked at the end of the video,: yes, I'm a vegan. I've been a vegetarian since 1995 and changed to vegan in 2015. My reasons are animal rights and the environment.

  27. All these commenters saying moderation is key clearly subconsciously know that eating animals is bad for them, so they have to eat them in moderation. There is no such thing as having a balance to your diet. Chemicals, cholesterol, preservatives, etc., affect your body regardless of whatever plants you pile on top. They are there, and they still take from your life span— the only way to make up for it is to switch over completely. You wouldn’t punch a person and give them ice and then punch them again, so why would you do that to your body? It helps nothing.

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