VEGANS vs MEAT EATERS – Who Will Live Longer? Food / Diet Comparison


We’ve all experienced it. We invite a friend to dinner, only to learn
that she is the dreaded V-word. We have a vague sense of what it means, but
we’re left with so many questions? Is it healthier? Will you sit on my leather couch? Can we still go to Taco Bell? In a world of health magazines and Planet
Fitness commercials, many people want to learn more about nutrition and which diets are the
healthiest. Wherever you go, no one can escape the growing
vegan phenomenon, so we thought it would be fun to explore it further in this episode
of The Infographics Show; Vegans vs Meat-eaters. A vegan is someone who follows a diet that
contains no animal meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or any other food that comes from
animals. They differ from vegetarians, who generally
still eat dairy and eggs as part of their diets. Vegans also typically abstain from using any
other products that come from animals, such as honey and leather jackets. Back in 2008, vegans only accounted for around
0.5% of the US population, or about 1 million people. As of polls taken in 2014, vegans now make
up roughly 2.5% of the population. At least in the United States, women seem
to be far bigger fans of veganism, making up around 79% of vegans. The number of meat eaters obviously far outweighs
the number of vegans throughout the world, with the highest concentration of vegans being
in Israel at only around 5% of their population. By not consuming any animal products, vegans
follow a dietary path similar to an herbivore. Herbivores are animals that feed exclusively
on plants, such as cows, giraffes, and adorable deer. Meat-eaters are typically omnivores, which
means that they eat both plants and animals. The term comes from the latin words Omni,
meaning “all or everything,” and the word Vorare, which means “to devour.” So basically omnivores are down to eat whatever. Most meat-eaters don’t solely eat just meat,
like a carnivore would do. That is, unless you’re Ron Swanson from
Parks and Rec. Then it’s beautiful bacon and sizzling steaks
all day! So humans are widely thought of as natural
omnivores, but some believe that humans are at their optimal health when following the
dietary habits of an herbivore. People often cite potential health benefits
and ethical dilemmas as the main reasons to go on a vegan diet. We won’t get into the ethics today, but
we are curious about the health differences between vegans and their meat-eating friends. People on a vegan diet tend to be leaner. In a cross-sectional study of nearly 40,000
(37,875) adults, meat-eaters had the highest mean body-mass-index, or BMI. Vegetarians were in the middle and vegans
had the lowest. Based on several studies from Finland, some
scientists have suggested that vegan diets may be helpful in the treatment of rheumatoid
arthritis. Vegans also appear to have lower rates of
hypertension than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Vegans also typically have lower cardiometabolic
risks for conditions like heart disease or strokes. The problem, however, doesn’t seem to be with
meat itself, but rather with the quality of meat. Recent findings have found that coronary heart
disease problems do not seem to be linked with red meat and saturated fats like previously
thought, but rather with processed meats. Based on a study of nearly 1.25 million people
(1,218,380), consumption of processed meats, not simply red meat, was associated with higher
rates of coronary heart disease.>From an evolutionary standpoint, meat-eating
omnivores also seem to be the reason behind the growth of our larger, more intelligent
brains. This is the result of the higher protein content
associated with meat consumption. The American Dietetic Association, or ADA,
states that the protein from plants can easily meet and exceed protein requirements, and
that being an omnivore merely increases the amount of protein sources a person can have
by including animal meat. Obviously, protein is important to both bone
health and muscle mass. One study even found that women who ate meat
had higher amounts of muscle mass than their vegetarian counterparts, even if the protein
intake was the same. While there certainly may be some health advantages
in going vegan, there seems to be some common deficiencies in the diet. One of these deficiencies is with the vitamin
B-12. The ADA states that there are no natural plant
foods that contain any significant amount of the vitamin. Vegans can still get it, but they need to
take a vitamin or consume fortified foods like soy milk and certain breakfast cereals. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very difficult
to come by on a vegan diet, but this can be overcome through the consumption of algae
supplements. With vegans requiring supplementation to meet
their nutritional needs, it supports the claim that veganism is unnatural, but that doesn’t
necessarily mean it’s unhealthy. At this point, some of you may be wondering
which diet leads to longer life spans. For that information, we turn to Okinawa. The traditional Okinawan diet is typically
regarded as the best for health and longevity, with the Okinawan islands having the greatest
concentration of centenarians in the world. An archipelago hundreds of miles off the coast
of Japan, Okinawa has about 740 centenarians out of its population of 1.3 million people. While their diets have been changing recently
due to globalization and factors like fast food chains, the traditional Okinawan diet
is made up of large amounts of plant-based carbohydrates (about 85% of their diet). Although they are primarily vegans, traditional
Okinawans still eat meat on special occasions, usually pork, as well as small amounts of
fish on a weekly basis. This doesn’t prove that small amounts of
animal products are vital to good health, but it does hint that the optimal human diet
can be achieved without going completely vegan. That said, many health organizations, including
the ADA, state that well-planned vegan diets are healthy and nutritionally adequate, and
may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. It seems like no matter what your dietary
preferences are, a healthy lifestyle can be achieved on or off a vegan diet. Are you or would you ever consider becoming
a vegan? Why or why not? Let us know down in the comments below. And if you like our videos and want to help
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100 Comments

  1. I hate these brainless people who say they need meat to survive.

  2. vegans are such ignorant hypocrites! they are a sad joke and they know it!

  3. Now I know what to eat.

    I didn’t watch the video.

  4. Vegans naturally tend to live longer. It's just that they don't need to dictate to people what they should eat>

  5. You people are crazy Vegans are crazy i will never be vegan

  6. Vegans always win

  7. Why vegan? Let's go vegan. Thank you for sharing

  8. And climate can effect how long you live

  9. Why not become a vegan? Because i have an animal farm and i love eating cooked eggs & steak lol

  10. If your main reason of becoming a vegetarian is for weight loss. Then look no further than an Elephant or a Hippo.

  11. Come to INDIA, if u want to eat best veg food in the world.

  12. why not dairy products….as long it doesnt harms or kills any animal….it is vegan.

  13. Even meat eaters need to supplement with b12

  14. Go to happy to be Taylor's channel

  15. All is a scam. It's all genetics, my uncle smoked from 14 to 100 years old.

  16. go vegans

  17. I could never go vegan, I love meat and dairy

  18. ¡’M omnivorous, and bet ¡’ll live longer than any vegan terrorist,.. not only of veggies live the human,..

  19. Who lives a happier life? 🤔

  20. Duh

    Take b12, algae supplements, eat a plant based diet (almost 100% vegan) eating almost all foods as grown to avoid or severely reduce your chances of dying from almost all major diseases. Dah. Now do it or as closely as you can.

  21. Being a vegan is really expensive. So that is why I'm a vegetarian.

  22. One time my grandad asked me what a vegan was
    I said there are people who don't use any animal products
    My grandad said so we're do they get their nutrition
    I said tablets and thinks
    And he said so vegans are just a bunch of druggies

  23. Eat it raw thn since is natural, i'll be here just waiting for you

  24. Vegans are also super annoying self righteous party poopers

  25. Why can’t I be both :p

  26. I used to be a raw food vegan. Within a month, I got a really bad case of the shingles. Then my teeth started to break and now I have dentures to remind me never to eat any fruits or veggies ever again. I am a carnivore now … steak and eggs only, some fish. Besides shingles and losing my teeth, I also lost too much weight and got really weak. I could have died. Vegan is the worst diet on this planet. Meat heals.

  27. As a non native speaker and an English learner, after this video I guess my listening skill may crazily levels up. Cuz his pace of speaking is crazy fast.

  28. Dude do more research your video is a joke . Saturated fats and cholesterol come from animal products . Meat and dairy is bad for you . You’re a complete idiot .

  29. I’m a flexitarian. I eat vegan twice a week.

    You know just to get my body used to it. I might become fully vegan in a year or two. Who knows?

  30. Meat eaters also eat fruits and vegetables you know?

  31. Vegans will still be slaughtered by globalists, recently stated fed to globalists. Vegans remove nutrients from soil to eat… that soil is the rotted debris of animal, bacteria, vegetation death.
    Just sayin’

  32. How about nonvegan?

  33. This is the most unbiased vegan v. “-“ I have ever seen.

  34. Human meat? better than veganism i assume

  35. Actually, the Okinawans' diet only changed relatively recently because of the war. They used to eat a lot of pork.

  36. You never answered the question about who lives longest. The okinawans are not vegan. They.are omnivores.

  37. I’m a vegan ✌🏻

  38. BIRDS EAT MEAT

  39. Oh, of course. The ADA. Sponsored by whom, hmmmmm?

  40. I was overweight on the vegan diet …. there is no one diet for all

  41. It is impossible to be vegan by definition. All everyday activities will affect animals/creatures in some way so no body is vegan. It is a spectrum that the individual decides where to put themselves….but if you think you are vegan…you are not.

  42. I….. I just ate a burger

  43. Being vegan feels amazing, my body is energetic, my mind is clear. Veganism is a future, why do we want to hurt animals when we can easily avoid it? Also, animal agriculture is the main contributor to the global warming and nobody talks about it.

  44. This video unquestionably shows that becoming vegan is what we all should be. Not only did it state unequivocally that vegans are considerably healthier with less of a chance at getting heart attacks and strokes. They're never obese, ( another major health risk), and will outlive their chubby meat eating counterparts by decades, ( you won't find seven hundred and forty 100 hundred year old meat eaters anywhere on this planet). And they did't even address the critical moral and environmental dangers that eating meat poses to this planet and its animals. I've been vegan for quite some time now, and I'm 10 pounds less than I've ever been as a mature adult. I've always maintained a steady exercise regime and becoming vegan has given me more energy not less. GO VEGAN fatsos and SAVE THIS PLANET!

  45. The biggest vegan is

    LAZAR BEAM

  46. Vegetarians

  47. I’m not vegan but meat is so processed now a days

  48. Automobiles were VEGAN. Until the government forced an alcohol prohibition. So the automobile manufacturers had to make them omnivores. Running on fossil fuels

  49. Who else is here after watching the game changer movie??!

  50. Have both!

  51. I'm a vegetarian cause I could never hurt an animal, but I think might go vegan cause I don't like cheese that much and I can give up milk and stuff

  52. You started wrong. Veganism is not a diet, is a moral system that includes stop seeing animals as products but as what they are: sentient beings aware of themselves that deserve our respect fot their lives

  53. Ah yes vegan infestation

  54. I am vegeterian 3-4 days a week..I like meat and I can feel that I miss it after 3 days.. it all depens on your body. I am healthy now and I don't want to stress myself with trends.

  55. Vegans need supplements to stay healthy in the long run, hence the diet is not healthy. One should not need supplements to stay healthy.

  56. Lacking the vitamins like b-12 actually doesnt mean veganism is unnatural, b-12 is commonly associated with meat but it is mainly found on plants in the wild or before they've been washed, it is only because we wash the plants where we lose the b-12 on it. I dont think many early humans could wash their veggies right.

  57. I love devouring animals

  58. I had eat meats & plants, so i dont have any problem about it

  59. "Traditional" Okinawan diet? You just listed the diet they had during the war, when meat was scarce. They ate that way because they were starving. A real traditional Okinawan diet, from before the war, is tons of pork and raw seafood. Okinawans have been eating more pork and seafood since the war ended, that has nothing to do with modernization, that was always their diet.

  60. My overall opinion is vegans simply care more on their physical health, I don’t think it’s to do with if their a vegan or not that their healthier

  61. My overall opinion is vegans simply care more on their physical health, I don’t think it’s to do with if their a vegan or not

  62. I’m an omnivore EW VEGANS AND MEAT EATERS ONLY 1

  63. Peak diet is vegan meals with a steak. hehehe

  64. Vegans and vegetarians don't live longer, it only seems longer

  65. I am Vegan and I love it. I used to get stomach aches all the time after eating meat.

  66. Only 4% of the Okinawan diet had any animal products, also a massive part of their diet was purple and orange sweet potatoes. So unless you're 95% plant based every day, then you can't make this argument. How many people eat like that? Next to no one.

  67. So it still doesn’t answer the question what makes you live longer?

  68. This video needs to be updated SO badly!

  69. but if you eat meat you will choke on it 😉

  70. Vegans are basically herbivores XD.

  71. Bruh I'm 200 years old
    And eating titanium
    And drinking some lava

  72. O M N I V O R E

  73. Plant life matters. save the plants 😂

  74. What if some plants actually had B12 in them, a long time ago then people stopped being vegan, and started getting B12 from animal products so those plants became weeds and since weeds are annoying, people destroyed every single one of those plants?

  75. Date: I'm a Vegan me:thank you for playing here's some wax go polish something goodbye

  76. Whem you drink water, you drink a fish's home

  77. If everyone eats plants than many people would be dead from not eating at all

  78. Some off them are just doing it for attention

  79. Wait is butter vegan?

  80. Vegans dont drink or soda eat many candies ect so of course they are eatting better but also they are not as strong and end up getting sick over the long haul depending on back ground.

  81. Grass eaters , I'm so so sorry you hate us , but you need to stop pushing us , to your own lifestyle

  82. I'm a vegetarian

  83. Actually Japanese eat fish almost everyday and that's why they live longer

  84. A cow eats grass….does that mean it's vegan?

  85. Bruh red meat is still a class two carcinogen

  86. I went out with a girl who was vegan, I had a cow skin on the floor, she went nuts. I reminded her she was wearing leather riding boots………………

  87. Doctors tell you it’s healthier.but it’s not

  88. remember milk and eggs are in baked goods so that could also attribute to their leaner esthetic

  89. Never. Because muscle mass is important in my life. But I am not opposed to vegans

  90. if you are what you eat, then are vegans veggies?

  91. Hong Kong actually has an average life span greater than any other country. They also consume more meat than any other country. You compare vegan vs someone who eats meat in conjunction with any other type of food. This is an unfair comparison as it doesn't take into account the other types of foods the meat eater consumes. Most of the time they still consume high sugar/carbohydrate foods. I encourage people do real research beyond a 5 minute video and divorce their biases.

  92. OK sooo what " polls " are they quoting ? I think that's BS totally and 2.5 % of the US population isn't possible . I'm about to use Duck Duck Go to research this claim

  93. According to the Human Research Council:

    • How Many? – The proportion of true vegetarians and vegans in the United States is surprisingly small. Only about 2% of respondents did not consume any meat – 1.5% were vegetarians and 0.5% were vegans. These finding are generally consistent with other studies.

    • Going Back – Five out of six people who give up meat eventually abandon their vegetarian ways.

    • Vegans Vs. Vegetarians – Vegans are less like to backslide than vegetarians. While 86% of vegetarians returned to meat, only 70% of vegans did.

  94. i can eat less meat but not go full vegan cuz my body needs it

  95. You guys need to source your information with more fact. You're out to lunch on sources of b12 and omega 3.

  96. Somebody lied

  97. Oh I’m a vegetarian not vegan

  98. Have you seen "Game Changers"?

  99. Coming from a person that sounds like 300 + lbs person and sounds like you eat meat and fast food all day

  100. I don't think I will ever try the vegan diet. In fact, I've been staying away from tofu. The vegan diet doesn't seem like it would give me energy. It seems boring. I need my cheese, butter, eggs, mayo, etc. I love vegetables though.

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