Why Is Everyone Talking About Veganism?
Veganism is a strict diet that involves eliminating all animal products. This is different from vegetarians who still consume dairy and eggs. With many celebrities adapting a vegan diet, including Oprah, more people are becoming curious about the health benefits and what being vegan really entails.
What Does Veganism Do For The Body?
If you decide to eat vegan, you may notice a boost in energy. The average American’s diet is filled with processed foods and scarce vegetables and fruits. A vegan diet is full of whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes. These provide serious energy as well as lasting fullness. Vegans are less likely to overeat and less likely to be overweight.
After a month of eating strictly vegan you can probably expect bad cholesterol levels to plummet. Do you have high cholesterol? Consider changing your diet to a primarily vegan one and watch as the good cholesterol number climbs, while the bad cholesterol decreases dramatically.
But How Do You Get Protein?
Protein is in a number of foods, not just meat! Beans and tofu are high in protein. Miso soup, wheat gluten, faux meats, and nuts make it easy to get your minimum 50 grams of protein per day. If you are an athlete you can find tasty tri-protein shakes that use pea protein, brown rice, and soy. Plant based products are full of high quality proteins that absorb into the body much better than a meat protein.
What About Other Vitamins?
It is true that B-12 is scarce in the vegan diet. However, consuming foods such as seaweed, fortified juices, and a B-12 vitamin will quickly fix that concern. B-12 is a vitamin that “builds up” in the body. Meaning if you have consumed animal products your entire life, you won’t become B-12 deficient for years. It usually takes a strict vegan 3 years to run out of B-12 “stores.”
Calcium and Vitamin D are also very easy to come by. Dark green leafy veggies are packed with calcium. Alternative milks, including soy milk, contain as much calcium as dairy. Fortified orange juice also helps with getting your daily calcium needs.
What To Eat As A Vegan
There are tons of delicious foods to eat as a vegan. You can have the occasional faux meat and you will never miss “the real thing.” Veggie stirfry’s, black bean burritos, spaghetti and other pasta dishes, even pizza, are all meal options you can have without meat involved. Look for delicious dairy alternatives that use coconut, almond, hemp, soy, and rice. They give you a diverse range of vitamins and nutrients and each has their own unique flavor to accompany their health benefits. Plus, a lower fat diet is shown to help prevent heart disease lower cholesterol.
Following A Vegan Diet
The truth is, you do not need to follow a strict vegan diet to get all of the health benefits. A normal person can reduce their meat consumption from 3 meals a day to once or twice a week and reap immense health benefits from doing so. Incorporate a wide variety of foods into your diet and make more home cooked meals. Whether you are concerned about high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, or a thyroid condition; a largely plant based diet can help you overcome those health concerns. To get more information about changing your diet and finding health insurance to help you become a healthier you, visit:Â the Mayo Clinic
3 thoughts on “Why Is Everyone Talking About Veganism?”
Thanks for the useful article. My daughter has recently gone vegan after 4 years as a vegetarian, so I’m looking to learn as much as possible. I definitely agree with the other comments here about vegans and vegetarians tending to put a lot more effort into having a well balanced, nutritional diet. My daughter is the healthiest eater I know! It’s actually rubbing off on me too which is good.
I think vegans and vegetarians tend to think more about what they eat and are naturally healthier as a result. Making the change means you will feel more energetic and you will probably lose a few pounds with no effort at all.
Just to add that vegans should also make sure to watch that they are getting enough iron. Beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dark leafy vegetables are all good sources.
Great to see another advocate of healthy eating. We devote our activity and our site to healthy body, healthy budget and healthy planet. We feature Beans and their “Friends” as a dietary staple. We use beans both for practicality and metaphorically as we advocate a simple life as well as a simple diet. While we are vegetarian rather than vegan, we salute those with the discipline and dedication to be vegan. We tend toward Michael Pollan’s suggestion, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Enjoy your day!