Invited to a braai over the weekend where the host grilled the juiciest burgers ever, only to find out you were eating a vegan burger? A juicy beef burger can entice anyone—-especially if you’ve been binging on beef, steak or pork since childhood. However, a juicy vegan burger is an entirely different experience. Although traditional burger bars will stay on trend, there is a vast wave of health, animal and environmentally-conscious people awaking to the harmful effects of ground beef patties and the chemicals that go into them. If you’re on the fence about veganism, here are four reasons to ditch beef for plant protein.
Veganism is Animal-and-Environmentally-Friendly
There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a mouth-watering burger, dripping in barbecue sauce and cheese and topped with deep-fried onions. However, despite the deliciousness, that beef patty causing your glands to salivate is the cause of a tremendous amount of suffering and environmental damage. So much so, the corporations controlling the meat industry pay vast sums of money to cover the undisclosed animal abuse, radical water consumption and environmental pollution.
Ground Beef Patties Link to Modern Diseases
Did you know that processed burger meat is a group-1 carcinogen? Research links beef burgers to obesity, depression, colonic issues, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and type-2 diabetes. Why? The meat industry uses many tricks to preserve and package meat and poultry. For instance, poultry packers bleach chicken to make it appear healthy. They also inject red meat with carbon monoxide to give it that fresh pink colour and they pump ‘pink slime’ into processed meat and ground burger beef patties. Further, cows, chickens, pigs and lambs endure years of seasonal antibiotic injections to keep milk and meat healthy for consumption. Although packers do not list these health warnings on packaging like cigarette packagers—-processed ground beef causes cancer cell growth.
Lose Weight, Cleanse Colon and Boost Energy Levels
Beef and steak burgers are not only the leading culprits of modern-day 21st-century diseases. These daily staples contain endocrine disruptors and high amounts of fat that build walls of fat around the organs and form fat pockets on the hips and thighs. To reverse the damage, you will need to combine a fresh vegetable diet with exercise. However, if you want to go from obese to athletic or over-weight to skinny, fill your freezer and fridge with vegan patties, vegetables, fresh herbs and carbohydrates like quinoa, sweet potato, lentils, chickpeas.
Feed Your Body with Food That Fights and Not Invites Disease
Substituting beef for vegan burger patties is a decision that brings a brilliant ROI on health and quality of life. Not only will you shed weight, but eating plant-based burger patties detoxifies the skin and body, cleanses the colon, and increases energy levels. Vegan burgers are high in protein, minerals, and fibre. Unlike high-fat and calorie ground beef with pink slime, plant-based patties contain an unbelievable 70 calories and only 3-grams of fat. That means this super-healthy plant protein also lowers bad cholesterol, reducing heart attacks and strokes.
A simple act like swapping your beef burger for a vegan patty allows you to make a difference in the lives of animals and our blue planet. It also allows you to feed your body and your family with food that fights disease and not invites disease.