Have you noticed recently everyone seems to be on a diet? Keto diet, Paleo, Atkins, low-carb diets. With so many of them, it is hard to keep up!
One such diet, which requires a radical change in your lifestyle, is the vegan diet. According to people who have tried it, it keeps your stomach full and your soul satisfied. It also cleanses you from all the nastiness of animal products. Is this really the case, though?
Today, we are going to answer the question: Is vegan diet the right one for you and how does it affect your health?
What Is Veganism, to Be Exact?
According to dietitian Alina Petre on healthline.com, veganism, or the vegan diet, excludes all animal products. This means having a diet that does not include dairy or meat products. Some people choose to go vegan in order to lose weight. Others, to prevent environmental issues or prevent animal cruelty.
It is important to note that vegan and vegetarian diets are not the same. The vegetarian diet allows you to consume dairy products such as milk, butter, yogurt; but no meat. While vegans say eating dairy product is not an option.
Vegan Fun Facts
Before we get into the serious questions and answers about veganism, let’s entertain ourselves a bit. Here are some fun facts about the vegan diet. You have probably never heard of some:
● When not eating meat, you are actually decreasing the level of pollution. How come? Well, 20% of man-made pollution comes from the meat industry.
● Oreos are vegan – they don’t contain real dairy and are made with unsweetened chocolate.
● Why does vegan food, in most cases, have fewer calories? Because it doesn’t contain unhealthy fats.
● World Vegan Day is celebrated on the 1st of November.
● Vegans that don’t take supplements are prone to anemia and usually suffer from lack of B12 vitamin.
● Bill Clinton is vegan, Hillary is not.
● A research published on PubMed.gov showed that men who were on a non-meat diet had more pleasant and not-so-intense body odors. Who knew you could be more attractive to your partner if you don’t eat meat?
● Vegetarianism comes from ancient India and today, 70% of vegans are Indians.
● According to BBC News, back in Ancient Rome, gladiators were mostly vegetarians. Their diet consisted of a little meat from time to time, but was was mostly plant-based.
Being Vegan = Being Healthy?
For the most part – yes. However, there are many types of vegan diets that can affect your overall health. Here are four of the most common vegan diets:
● Raw-food vegan diet – eating fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, and plant foods cooked under 118℉
● Low-carb and a high-fat diet
● Low-fat and high-carb vegan diet – eating potatoes, rice and other carb enriched vegetables, and less fruits and nuts
● Junk-food vegan diet – eating processed vegan foods that are meant to substitute for meat, cheese and other dairy products.
As you can see, for the most part, vegan diet is healthy. However, there is the so-called vegan junk-food diet. There are also vegan desserts that have more calories than non-vegan ones.
To stay on the right track, we suggest you first get to know the vegan diet, its benefits and flaws, before deciding whether this is something you would want to try.
So, let’s start this vegan journey!