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“72 Reasons to Be Vegan: Why Plant-Based. Why Now” by Gene Stone & Kathy Freston

“Better sex, glowing skin, and more money … by going vegan

Did you know that if you adopt a vegan diet you can enjoy better sex? Save money? Have glowing skin? You can ward off Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other metabolic diseases. You can eat delicious burgers. Help save the planet. Join the cool kids, like Gandhi, Tolstoy, Leonardo—and Kyrie Irving, Kat Von D, and Joaquin Phoenix. Oh, and did we mention have better sex? (It’s about blood flow.)

Those are just some of the 72 reasons we should all be vegan, as compiled and persuasively argued by Gene Stone and Kathy Freston, two of the leading voices in the ever-growing movement to eat a plant-based diet. While plenty of books tell you how to go vegan, 72 Reasons to Be Vegan is the book that tells you why. And it does so in a way that emphasizes not what you’d be giving up, but what you’d be gaining.”

What you just read is a summary of the book “72 Reasons to Be Vegan: Why Plant-Based. Why Now” from the website of the publisher.  As someone who has several vegan friends and is always on the lookout for new foods to try and healthier choices to include in my diet, I decided to give the book a try. Unlike other books on the general subjects of diet and nutrition or animals and the environment I found this to be a quick, easy read as well as an informative guide.

The authors approach the subject of veganism from a scientific view … explaining the many benefits of eating a plant-based diet in short, yet informative chapters – 72 in all.  Whether you’re already a vegan and simply want to remind yourself of the great benefits of your diet choices, a person who’s dabbling in going vegan or someone who has never tried a plant-based diet before, this book is for you.  If you’re concerned about the impact of factory farming on the environment, this book is for you.  If you are becoming aware of the plight of animals “living” on these farms, this book is for you.  

Vegan diets are becoming less of a “hippie” thing and are now gaining momentum every day as people become more aware of the trouble our planet is facing, and how important a healthy gut is.  It’s a very positive book in that, yes, it does warn about the things happening to our planet and the many living creatures we share it with but it also gives easy to implement suggestions for how you can help yourself and contribute to the greater good.  The easy to digest, easy to adopt, positive suggestions will help you feel empowered. And you don’t have to feel pressured to go cold turkey all at once.  Every change is a change for the better.  Even if you don’t adopt a totally vegan lifestyle, you’re sure to pick up plenty of pointers along the way.

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