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Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, is the idea to not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, and anything derived from animal products.    Many People have chosen to go vegan due to the healthy-lifestyle benefits. A big reason is that people wanted to end animal cruelty. It is a common idea to think that meat is bad for you. It is true that meat raises blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Also, it is understandable to say that meat can be contaminated when buying it from local grocery stores. In contrast, people would say the opposite. People who haven’t gone vegan would say that eating plants is the same thing as killing animals as you are taking their food source. Or that even if meat raises blood and cholesterol levels, it contains essential vitamins and amino acids that you can not obtain in a regular plant diet without taking supplements. You could even argue that not eating meat will ruin your bones as well. Going Vegan is not the best option as it does not provide enough natural vitamins that your body requires and the thought of ending animal cruelty is not supported when taking other things into account.    Going vegan has many benefits. A major benefit is that vegans consume less saturated fats and more vitamin C and E (Becoming a Vegan 1). This can lead to having a lower LDL Cholesterol level (there are two main types, LDL-low density lipid-protein- and HDL- high density-. LDL is often considered the worse because too much can be very bad for the human blood system). Veganism also gives you a lower body mass index. This is your height to weight ratio, used as an indicator of obesity (Becoming a Vegan 3). Vegans have a lower chance of chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, etc (Tuso 3). Some worries may arise when considering going vegan about getting enough calcium for bone strength. Actually, some plants contain calcium such as Choy, Cabbage, Collards and Kale (Becoming a Vegan 3) However, bone health isn’t dependent on just calcium but it is also vitamin De and K which is plentiful in vegan diets. Also, Vegans consume a lot of soy which is very helpful in the transport of calcium to the bones and is also beneficial to the spine (Craig 3). A vegan’s high fiber level helps cleanse away excess cholesterol in the digestive tract as well. This can lead to the fact that vegans are 40% less likely to have a stroke or a heart attack than those that eat meat  (Carmody 2). Meat can also be contaminated. A Study done by John Hopkins University went to a supermarket and purchased chicken. They found that ninety-six percent of the chicken had camylopa bacteria which is responsible for 2-4 cases of food poisoning (Becoming a Vegan 2). People who go Vegan are also showing a concern for the Animals used to give people food. “Farmed animals are bred, fed, confined, and drugged to lay more eggs, birth more offspring, and die with more meat on their bones at the expense of their health” (Carmody 4). The belief that eating eggs or drinking milk doesn’t kill animals is false. Commercially-raised dairy cows and egg-laying chickens, whether “free range” or factory-farmed, are slaughtered when their production rates decrease (Carmody 1). Vegan have a lower risk of chronic disease, have lower cholesterol levels and are less likely to suffer from meat contamination. In addition, they are helping the cause of animal cruelty, a big concern for many people who may not be vegan as well. Going Vegan has many issues as well. Vegan diets don’t provide vitamin D or A. They provide vitamin De – which is poorly absorbed by the body- and Carotene, a precursor to vitamin A and can only be converted with mass amounts. Vitamin D and A are essential for human immune systems, digestive systems, fertility, and hormone regulations. Vegan diets rely heavily on Soy as well. Soy contains isoflavones, which can mimic estrogen in the body causing hormone imbalances. Consuming too much Soy can promote disease risk. A study done by the “National Center for Biotechnology Information” showed that infants consuming soy had concentrations of blood estrogen way higher than normal infants (Alon 3). The Vegan diet also contains little B12. B12 is not made by plants or animals but by bacteria. With a plant-based diet, Vegans are less likely to find this bacteria and may be subject to B12 deficiency. This vitamin is used for blood formation and cell division. Without it our a deficiency, the risk of macrocytic anemia (red blood cells are larger than their normal size) or irreversible nerve damage (Tuso-6).It is true that plants contain Calcium, however, they do not produce vitamin K2. K2 transports calcium to your bones. If calcium is not accompanied by this vitamin then the Calcium you have eaten will be stored in your arteries as it can not use it for building. K2 is found in fatty sources such as egg yolks, milk, beef and chicken (Alon-4). Diets that do not contain fish, eggs or sea vegetables do not have the n-3 fatty acid and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Lack of these can lead to damage to the eye and brain functions and impair cardiovascular health. DHA however, can be take supplemented but with caution. The supplements can raise LDL cholesterol “causing excessively prolonged bleeding times and impair immune responses” (Craig-4). You must take a life to have a life. Plants are living beings, capable of communication with each other and the world around them. Since harvesting grain kills a lot of rats, fawns, and nestlings, and slaughtering a cow kills only one animal than being a meat eater does not have as large a weight of guilt of killing animals for food (Alon-6). With no chance of calcium plaque forming due to k2, with vitamin b12 there to help with cell division and with enough vitamin A and D meat-eating may be better health wise to make sure that we do not suffer serious diseases or illnesses.Going Vegan is not the best option. If you go vegan you will have to take supplements that could lead to illness. Eating meat gives you all the vitamins you need and you are still eating plants. The fact that you can form plaque and impair brain and eye functions should be a good reason already to not go vegan. Also, not helping animal cruelty in the way that most people think is another reason as you are still killing mice and rats. A good way to get the best of both worlds would be to be a vegetarian. This would allow you to not eat meat but still be able to eat eggs, fish and other animal products that will give you the vitamins and amino acids that your body needs. Doing this you will still have to take supplements but you will have enough DHA to not have to supplement it. This will take out the risk of impairing brain and eye functions. Being a meat eater would be the best option due to the fact you are getting vitamin D and A. However, vegetarian would be the next best as you are getting a lot more vitamins and nutrients that you wouldn’t if you were vegan.

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