|My healthy life includes|
a plant-based diet
Initially, I gave them up for health reasons. Things like butter, cheese, and eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol, which I try to limit. I also gave them up because raising farm animals is hard on the environment.
|Factory farms focus on profits,|
not the welfare of animals
To me, giving up dairy products and eggs made sense.
|Honey has antibacterial|
and antioxidant properties
Honey has health benefits and has been shown to boost our immune systems. Bees roam about, gathering nectar while, at the same time, pollinating plants. Bee keepers maintain nice hives, repairing them and ensuring that the bees have a secure home. So what's the problem?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the honey if we don't harvest it for our consumption?
Honey Bees store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Yes, bees produce honey in order to feed themselves and their young.
When a bee keeper removes honey, care must be taken not to remove too much. Enough is left in the hive so that the bees don't starve.
But here's the thing, that means that the bees work extra hard. We, in effect, limit their populations by taking their primary food source.
|Bee populations have suffered|
in recent years
Our food choices are personal. I make no judgements about what others consume. For me, though, excluding animal products is the right path. It's a choice I can live with!
What factors play into your food choices?
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