Sebastian Kneipp was neither vegan nor vegetarian but he too enjoyed plant-based foods. For a long time, these alternative diets have no longer been about proponents of oatmeal or herbalists. No - by this point, restaurants always have something for those who do not eat meat and supermarkets are also well stocked. Where does this interest in diets free of meat or foods of animal origin come from?
Happily meatless – why vegetarian or vegan is healthy
No schnitzel ever again? No more sausage? Why do vegetarians and vegans stop eating meat? There are many reasons for this that go far beyond compassion for animals. Regular meat consumption can lead to many diseases such as cancer, gout, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
Conversely, a balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can not only forestall diseases. Rather, a meatless diet can prevent diseases – thus it's twice as good.
Saving the world – why vegetarian or vegan is ecological
A vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is also easier on the environment: Meat production leads to the clearing of (rain) forests and requires vast amounts of water. One kilo of beef requires the use of 15,000 liters of water.
As a result, meat consumption leads to an increase in CO2 and contributes to climate change. One kilo of meat causes 36 kilos of carbon dioxide. Or to look at it in a different way: A meat-eater produces (at 1.82 tons) nearly double the carbon dioxide in one year as a vegetarian (at less than one ton). The reason is: Animals need a lot of feed which must be grown. As a result of this, there is a lack of forests which produce oxygen and bind carbon dioxide. In addition, a single animal emits hundreds of liters of methane gas into the atmosphere.