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Top 5 reasons for Going Veg in 2021

The time has come. According to the latest Better Futures report, 15% of Kiwis are avoiding meat most or all of the time. Here are our top reasons for going veg in 2021.

1. It’s better for the animals.

Just like us, other animals have interests, and they deserve our respect. Making changes to what we eat can benefit them. As Joaquin Phoenix said, ‘It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.’

2. It’s better for the planet.

Animal agriculture is a leading case of pollution to land and waterways. Did you know that here in Aotearoa, it also accounts for almost 50% of our greenhouse gas emissions? By making changes to what we eat, we can reduce our impact on the Earth.

3. It’s better for your health.

Well-balanced vegetarian and vegan diets are typically healthier than diets containing meat, but it is important to do your research. It is especially important to ensure that you get enough B12, as this is not naturally occurring in plant foods. Check out our nutrition tips!

4. It can be a lot cheaper.

Veg diets have a reputation for being ‘too expensive’ – but they can be a lot cheaper than diets which incorporate meat. If you’re eating at a restaurant every night, it will add up; but if you find some recipes you can make at home, using simple ingredients, that will cost less. Check out our article, ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’, for advice.

5. It’s enjoyable.

Going veg can be fun! If you enjoy cooking, you can experiment with new recipes. And there are so many exciting foods to try, from vegan pies to dairy-free ice cream! New veg products are being released all the time. Check out our website for lists of Vegetarian Society Approved and Vegan Certified products, as well as our recipes.

You can do it! And if you get stuck, we’re here to help.

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