Waka's Got Veggies: Why Vegan

The Physicians Committee

Why Vegan?

Health is wealth! Currently, 7 in 10 U.S. deaths are caused by chronic diseases of lifestyle. But a diet built around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can prevent, manage, and often even reverse many of our nation’s top killers.

Heart Disease:

Heart disease is America’s leading cause of death. In fact, every 34 seconds, another heart attack strikes. But 80 percent of these cardiac events are completely preventable. Studies show that people who eat a plant-based diet have the lowest rates of heart disease, lower blood pressure numbers, and lower cholesterol levels. Learn more.


Fat in the diet, especially from animal foods, can interfere with insulin’s ability to move glucose into the cells, leading to type 2 diabetes. Many scientific studies have shown that a low-fat plant-based diet helps people who have diabetes turn the disease around or avoid it in the first place. Learn more.

Weight Problems:

When you build your meals from an array of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans—that is, healthy plant-based choices—weight loss is remarkably easy. Cutting out the foods that are high in fat and devoid of fiber, while increasing low-fat, high-fiber foods is a safe, healthy, and effective way to lose weight. Learn more.


According to the World Health Organization, approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable. Consuming red and processed meats, dairy products, and other forms of animal protein can raise the risk for certain types of cancer, while consuming a diet packed with fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of some cancers. Learn more.

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