VEGANS vs MEAT EATERS – Who Will Live Longer? Food / Diet Comparison
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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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100 thoughts on “VEGANS vs MEAT EATERS – Who Will Live Longer? Food / Diet Comparison

  1. Only 4% of the Okinawan diet had any animal products, also a massive part of their diet was purple and orange sweet potatoes. So unless you're 95% plant based every day, then you can't make this argument. How many people eat like that? Next to no one.

  2. What if some plants actually had B12 in them, a long time ago then people stopped being vegan, and started getting B12 from animal products so those plants became weeds and since weeds are annoying, people destroyed every single one of those plants?

  3. Vegans dont drink or soda eat many candies ect so of course they are eatting better but also they are not as strong and end up getting sick over the long haul depending on back ground.

  4. I went out with a girl who was vegan, I had a cow skin on the floor, she went nuts. I reminded her she was wearing leather riding boots………………

  5. Hong Kong actually has an average life span greater than any other country. They also consume more meat than any other country. You compare vegan vs someone who eats meat in conjunction with any other type of food. This is an unfair comparison as it doesn't take into account the other types of foods the meat eater consumes. Most of the time they still consume high sugar/carbohydrate foods. I encourage people do real research beyond a 5 minute video and divorce their biases.

  6. OK sooo what " polls " are they quoting ? I think that's BS totally and 2.5 % of the US population isn't possible . I'm about to use Duck Duck Go to research this claim

  7. According to the Human Research Council:

    • How Many? – The proportion of true vegetarians and vegans in the United States is surprisingly small. Only about 2% of respondents did not consume any meat – 1.5% were vegetarians and 0.5% were vegans. These finding are generally consistent with other studies.

    • Going Back – Five out of six people who give up meat eventually abandon their vegetarian ways.

    • Vegans Vs. Vegetarians – Vegans are less like to backslide than vegetarians. While 86% of vegetarians returned to meat, only 70% of vegans did.

  8. I don't think I will ever try the vegan diet. In fact, I've been staying away from tofu. The vegan diet doesn't seem like it would give me energy. It seems boring. I need my cheese, butter, eggs, mayo, etc. I love vegetables though.

  9. There are no NATURAL B12 in meat foods either. Look it up. Animals are fed B12 supplements during farming so that you can have it when you eat them. B12 I'd derived from bacteria found in dirt! Back in the day people drank from rivers hence getting their B12 met naturally. So if you ask me, everyone should supplement B12.

  10. Go checkout "the game changers" & "what the health" Netflix – Food for thought, maybe a vegan diet is the way? – Coming from a dude who loves meat.

  11. I’m a Vegan for six months now! I did it for health reasons and because I like animals more than I do to most people 😂😂

  12. A vegan swatted the steak out of my plate.Had to hit him with a vicious leg kick and break the side of his knee bone

  13. Vitamin B12. You have to supplement it and if you don’t your liver reserves will run out in about 5 years, best case scenario. Before supplements even existed Veganism was impossible long term. Therefore the logical conclusions is that Vegan foods are not complete without synthetic intervention . If you wanted to include insects in your diet, then you could actually get you B12 without supplements, but that would mean you are not a Vegan anymore.

  14. Also, what we forget a lot is that if one piece of data seems to follow a trend with another, it doesn't mean that it is cause and effect, they may be and effect of another cause that isn't listed. An example is: Richer people are more likely to get brain tumours – anonymous British newspaper. It doesn't mean being rich causes tumours but these people actually have the money to check for tumours while those with little money who die with no cause may have had a tumour. I know that was a very bad example but you get the gist.

  15. Wrong info from Infographic as most of the time. Most Strongest men on earth is Vegan.
    Reference Netflix documentary:
    The Game Changer
    What the Health
    Earthlings
    Please watch to see truth.
    In the End ** you Meat Eaters

  16. I have nothing against being Vegan. I would love to talk to some vegans about different things. Especially their experiences since becoming vegan. Since I know not a lot of places are exactly vegan friendly. I just have the misfortune of not meeting many nice vegans. The closest I've come is a Pesitarian… no idea if I spelled that right, but I believe she was a vegetarian… or maybe vegan, can remember at moment, that ate fish.

    I couldn't bring myself to be either, but I would like to learn more about it.

  17. No one has yet answered the age old question and dilemma of veganism and animal rights activism. If the whole world went vegan and we'd no longer eat any animals, what then happens to the 60 billion animals, pigs, sheep, chickens and cows including other animals we eat? Do we just simply let them loose so they wonder into our cities, breed and multiply or do we dispose of them? If we consider the latter, then the whole thing would be pointless? What then happens to our fields of vegetables when the animals we let loose start eating our farms? Wouldn't humanity then starve?Wouldn't we be sowing the seeds of our own destruction by turning vegan and supporting the whole idea in the first place? What are the animal rights protestors solutions to this? Until these questions are answered, I'm not convinced that veganism is the key to a healthy diet nor is it the solution to our species survival. Neither vegans nor animal rights protestors have (I feel) our or the animals they strive to protect "best intentions" in mind. Turning vegan would not only lead to our destruction but the destruction of our planet since these animals would breed and produce waste gases. Just imagine the catastrophe that would follow and real apocalyptic scenarios that would unfold. Snuffing out the meat industry would be like trying to get rid of death. Both are absolutely necessary and irreplaceable if we are to keep the balance on this planet.

  18. I will never be vegan, because plants contain Anti-nutriments, that interfere with or prevent the absorption of important nutrients. And I would rather eat high quality, nutrient dense animal products, and be satisfied, then frequently eat a lot of vegan food, with sugar & carbs that make my blood sugar crazy, and few nutrients I can actually absorb, because I'm not a cow.

  19. I personally think veganism is a privilege, and not everyone is privileged to be meticulous with what they consume

  20. Fun fact: some people say if you eat animals those animals will go extinct.. WRONG if people eat for example buffaloes people will farm them and there will be more.

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