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Exploring the plant-based lifestyle

Exploring the plant-based lifestyle

22 January 2020

Let’s talk vegan.

Every year, more people are making the decision to change to a plant-based diet and choosing to go vegan.

Becoming vegan can benefit our personal health, help support animal welfare and the environment. According to Veganuary CEO Simon Winch, these are the top three reasons why people are choosing to adopt the plant-based lifestyle.

Right now, thousands of people around the world are taking part in Veganuary. The annual campaign is ran by a non-profit organisation which helps encourage people to try going meat-free throughout January.

What are the benefits of going vegan?

  • A vegan diet is abundant with vitamins B1, C and E, while also being proven to be richer in certain nutrients providing more antioxidants, fibre and beneficial plant compounds. As well as potassium, magnesium, iron, folic acid and minerals.
  • Plant-based diets have a natural tendency to reduce your calorie intake, making them effective at promoting weight loss.
  • Eating multitudes of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. These healthy staples are linked to reducing the risk of conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity and even some cancers.

These facts were taken from Alina Petre – Healthline Nutritionist article ‘6 Science-based health benefits of eating vegan'.

Will a plant-based diet make a difference to our environment?

According to The Guardian’s ’10 ways vegetarianism can help save the planet’, humans consume around 230 million tonnes of animals every year. Which is twice as much as we did 30 years ago. 

Chickens, cows, sheep and pigs are the species which we breed the most. These animals need vast amounts of water, emit methane and greenhouse gases and produce huge amounts of waste.

We need electricity to keep the meat cool, gas to cook, energy to plough and harvest fields that grow the crops the animals eat.


Did you know…

  • Vegans save 1,100 gallons of water each day
  • Being vegan cuts your carbon footprint in half
  • Vegans spare the lives of around 30 animals each year


Your Co-op is supporting the vegan diet

We're proud to have our own delicious variety of vegan products called GRO.

By tapping into the latest consumer trends our GRO range was designed to meet the growing appetite for plant-based alternatives. The tasty selection introduces meat free versions of your dinnertime favourites as well as on-the-go snacks, lunch and breakfast options.

Pop into our stores today and try our GRO range, exclusive to Co-op.

Subject to availability. Selected stores only


Check out some of our tasty vegan recipes below.


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