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Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired more than half a million people in 178 countries to try being vegan for January and hopefully beyond!

The number one reason why people go vegan is because of a love of animals, with people changing their diet in an effort to curb animal cruelty.

These days with all the fabulous meat alternatives it’s actually a lot easier than ever to become vegan.

Cutting down or stopping eating meat has many benefits, not just for your health but also the environment.

Research shows that people who eat red meat are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Processed meats also increase the risk of death from these diseases.

A vegan diet can also help you to lose weight, reduce your risk of cancer and can even lower blood sugar levels and improve kidney function.

Want to do your bit to help the environment? Then eating a vegan diet could be the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on earth, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.

The production of plant-based foods is a more efficient use of our resources, as it requires less energy from fossil fuels as well as less land and water. By removing animal products from our diet we can play our part in reducing humanity’s damaging impact on our environment.

So if you’re thinking of becoming Vegan for a month or more that’s awesome! Although a vegan diet may not be for everyone, cutting down on the amount of meat you eat and introducing meat free days to your diet is a still a very positive step and will make a difference!

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