Wondering how many people are vegan or vegetarian? About 2% of Americans are vegans, and about 8.9% are considered vegetarians. There are additional sub-groups within the popular plant-based diets, even beyond vegan and vegetarian.
Ever wondered why people become vegetarian or vegan? Below are the top five reasons!
Some religions like Hinduism and Buddhism advocate for nonviolence. Therefore, people who tap into those beliefs lead vegetarian lifestyles because eating animals means killing them, which is considered violence.
Some people adopt meat-free diets because they believe that animals have the right to life and freedom. People who take animal rights in high regard typically go vegan and eliminate all meat and animal by-products, including dairy.
Another group of people goes vegan because they want to conserve the environment. They believe that farmers carry out a lot of deforestation and use immense amounts of water to produce meat, and the factory farms pollute the environment and contribute to climate change.
Many people reduce or give up meat consumption because they believe meat contributes to cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.
Some other people do not eat meat because they do not like its taste and texture. The preservatives and hormones sometimes injected in meat and meat products change their taste, and some people prefer plant products.