It seems that there has been a lot of discussion recently on the internet about whether animal flesh, eggs and milk in one's diet are healthy or unhealthy.
Personally, when I stopped eating meat, my reasons for not eating it any more were entirely ethical and had nothing to do with health.
When I gave up dairy products a year later, again for ethical reasons, I really did notice a benefit in health and it was this great improvement in health that first got me aware of the connection of what I ate and how I felt.
This led me to a raw unprocessed fruit diet, a diet that I feel very well on, as well as being consistant with my ethics.
I see the many, many benefits to a raw vegan unprocessed diet, it is not just about personal health or ethics, eating fruit gives a whole host of environmental benefits. An acre given over to tree crops provides so much more food calories than an acre given over to beef production, regardless of what food the cattle are eating.
In addition, trees give out oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and other air-borne pollutants, and their roots greatly aid the soil structure. Also the soil below trees is undisturbed, and as a result its health and microbial content is much more optimal than soil that is continually being ploughed up.
Eating local organic fruit also ensures minimal chemicals are added to the planet, means little packaging, and few food miles.
So, for me, the health benefits of a raw vegan diet are many, but the ethical reasons are just as important, if not more important to me.
I do not care how many people say that raw grass-fed beef is 'healthy' I still would not eat it. I do not believe that it is healthy, but even if I did believe it was, I still would not eat it.
I became a vegan for ethical reasons and it is a huge and wonderful consequence that a raw unprocessed vegan diet is also a diet that I feel well and happy on.
So can we expect those that are vegetarian or vegan soley for health reasons to stay vegetarian or vegan if they suddenly change their minds and believe eating animal flesh to be healthy.
Someone who is on a vegan diet purely for health reasons will always be open to changing their diet if they change their view on health. Whilst someone who is vegan for both ethical and health reasons is in a different position altogether.
I went into a vegan diet based on ethics, but now it has become a more wholistic diet, where planet health, animal well-being, and personal health are all vital parts of the way I eat.
I feel very blessed to be on a diet that not only strives to cause as little harm to animals and plants as possible but also is a good diet for my personal health.