Not eating any animal-based product is likely to lessen one’s possibility of experiencing chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. These are two of the health issues that affect people of color in the United States of America.
According to many black Americans, racial injustice plays a part in their community following a bad diet. Another factor that contributes to them being on this diet is lack of knowledge. Many black people have reported that they were not aware of a vegan diet. However, they have started to know more about fully plant-based food items.
A recent Gallup survey discovered that 31% of people of color in the nation lessened their meat intake. On the other hand, just 19% of Americans who are white lowered meat consumption. This trend is triggering a fresh generation of influencer vegans, such as actor Tabitha Brown to name one.
For your information, Brown’s vegan culinary videos became trendy on Instagram and Tik Tok. For this reason, she is now getting a cooking program. At the same time, established celebrities such as Beyoncé, Venus Williams, and Lezo have tried a fully plant-based meal. Beyoncé grabbed the headlines when she told a new vegan fan that she would give free lifelong entry passes to music concerts of her and husband Jay-Z.
All of the above trends may have contributed to an increase in the popularity of veganism among black Americans. Anyhow, the main contributing factor in this is still the health-conscious attitude of these people. The frequency of hypertension, cancer, and adult-onset diabetes in them is higher than almost every other group. Studies partly attribute the higher frequency to the fact that the diets of the Americans are lower in fresh produce and higher in fat and salt.
African Americans find it tougher to follow healthy diets due to socioeconomic factors such as access to processed food, living at a distance from greengrocers, and poverty.
Another potential factor in the greater likelihood is the need for the Americans to see themselves represented. As per the Black VegFest founder, it is essential to connect veganism to the culture of African Americans.
“You love to see yourself represented. That’s one of the main reasons why the black community has really galvanised around the vegan idea,” said Adewale. He also pointed out that the history of veganism among black people in the nation is long.