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Processed Meats and Your Health: What You Need to Know

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The meat industry has evolved over the years to include lots of food products that don’t resemble their original form. Some can say that this is done strategically to create a larger disconnect between people and their food choices.

Processed meats are the products of manipulation that drastically change fresh meat into something else.

This “something else” is designed to be consumed in a convenient and cheap way.

Some of the most popular processed meats include bacon, jerky, sausage, salami, and corned beef. In many cases, processed meats are engineered to last longer on the shelf or to be packaged for fast and easy consumption.

Processed meats are made for the convenience of a growing population that doesn’t have the time or desire to cook.

They are simple solutions in a world that is becoming more and more fast paced by the day.

But what is the cost for these “convenient” food-like products?

The Western Diet: Processed Foods and Meats Are Killing Us

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It goes by many names: the Western Diet, the Standard American Diet, the Processed Diet. Whatever you call it, though, you need to be aware of its consequences.

Over the years, the Western Diet has created numerous dangers for people who follow it. Unfortunately, many of those people don’t realize they’re harming their body or are unwilling to give up their favorite foods.

Human habits die hard.

One way to escape the Western Diet is to go vegan or vegetarian. Research shows that a cleaner diet is beneficial not only for animals and the environment but also for human health.

Vegan Weight Loss: Why Veganism Goes Beyond Just Your Diet

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The idea of veganism at its core is quite simple: avoiding animal-based food products and products that test on animals. That is veganism in a nutshell.

However, veganism can be a lot more to some. Some vegans are activists. Many aren’t. Some vegans preach to others. Others do it for themselves (and the animals of course).

Veganism can be defined differently depending on who you ask but the above definition is the baseline to which veganism exists.

Most people think of veganism as a diet and not a lifestyle comprised of choices and decisions that expand well beyond one’s food preferences.

Dairy Industry Horrors: It’s Neither Wholesome Nor Humane

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The dairy industry is often presented to consumers as wholesome and humane. What actually goes on at dairy farms doesn’t match up with the marketing message, though.

Dairy cows lead miserable lives from the moment they are born. Both male and female calves are taken from their mothers when they’re just a few hours old. The females are destined to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, while the males face early slaughter for the veal industry.

Furthermore, the dairy industry has a consistently harmful impact on our environment and health.

Vegan Snacks to Curb Your Hunger and Stay Healthy

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Vegans don’t have to feel deprived. In fact, they shouldn’t. There are plenty of vegan snacks and meals to satisfy every palate, and it all starts with fresh, whole foods.

Hunger can strike at any time of day, and if you want to sustain your energy for whatever tasks await you, vegan snacks can become your hero. Since you have to be careful about what you eat, planning is essential to successful vegan snacking.

The important thing is to make sure that your vegan snacks give you the fuel you need to get through your day. One’s nutritional needs vary depending on their lifestyle choices. For instance, if you’re an athlete and work out every day, you’ll need carbs as well as protein to maintain your energy level and build more muscle.

What Is Animal Cruelty and How Can We Stop it For Good?

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Every 60 seconds, an animal gets abused. That’s unconscionable, especially in our advanced culture, but animal cruelty continues to occur all over the world.

Animal cruelty can take many different forms, as you’ll discover below, but the impact is always the same. A sentient animal capable of love and creating social relationships experience pain, fear, and desperation. And it needs to stop.

We live in in a world that not only turns a blind eye to animal cruelty but condones it — whether through indifference or legislation. It’s legal to raise chickens in deplorable conditions for the sole purpose of slaughtering them later. If that isn’t animal cruelty, then what is?

Food Labeling Secrets You Need to Know to Stay Healthy

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Food labeling is something that most people don’t think to take very seriously. And at times, it might be better that way as there are some fairly deceptive practices when it comes to food labeling. More on that soon.

Most people are pretty familiar with the traditional food labels. For instance, you know what the Nutrition Facts panel communicates on the back of a box of cereal.

However, certain food labeling practices are deceptive, and it’s important to educate yourself about what food labels mean, especially if you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet. Food labels like “organic,” “free-range,” and “natural” can be deceiving.

And even if you think that you’re savvy about food labels, almost 59 percent of consumers report that they experience confusion when reading those labels. If you’re in the same boat, you’re definitely not alone.

The problem is that product packaging comes with lots of messages — many of which are meaningless. It’s important to look past marketing and get to the facts before you fill your cart at the supermarket.

Animal Trafficking: The Wildlife Trade You Don’t Want to Believe Exists

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When you hear a news story about trafficking, the items that come to mind might include guns, drugs, or even people. But do you know how animal trafficking is impacting our world, our environment, and our safety?

Animal trafficking is not only a form of animal cruelty but also a crime that’s frequently linked with other types of criminal activity, including the aforementioned drugs and guns. People who know how to traffic animals aren’t likely to be scared of trafficking other items, as well.

Since some of the most sought-after animals are native to foreign lands, those animals are often trafficked into the United States as well as other countries. These animals are bred or poached illegally and often face a horrific fate.

There are many dangers inherent to animal smuggling that extend far beyond animal welfare, but too often, we aren’t thinking of the animals themselves. What fear, anguish, and pain do they experience as victims of wildlife trafficking operations? And where do they end up?

Fur Farming: The Barbaric Practice They Want to Keep Hidden

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The fur farming industry is booming, much to the detriment of our animal friends. People still want to wear and flaunt “real fur,” so there’s sufficient demand for fur to keep companies that harvest it in business.

Foxes and minks are among the most in-demand animals for farmable fur. Additionally, thousands of other animals are killed in the wild for their hides.

For centuries, furs have been named status symbols among the richest populations of various cultures around the world. Coats, blankets, rugs, and wraps come from fur. 

There’s no reason for such status symbols, however, and we often forget about how fur farming impacts our friends in the non-human animal kingdom.

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