What a crazy month we just had. From M&S to the chicken orientated KFC, companies are going wild for veganism. Did this love of a vegan diet come from the Netflix documentary, the Game Changers? Are people taking an ethical stance or are they trying to improve their health?
I won’t dive into ethics. After all, It’s not my specialty. I will however talk you through the health aspects of being a vegan.
The Vegan Diet and Health
Vegan diets are plant based. Plants contain high levels of micro-nutrients. Micro-nutrients play various roles in the body such as immunity, growth, repair and energy. When someone switches to a vegan diet, they often experience an increase in energy. They may also find that a specific physical factor improves such as the thickness of their hair or the dryness of their skin.
This is the result of increase in micro-nutrients but not the absence of meat, dairy and eggs. People who switch to veganism have cleared various nutrient deficiencies. However, vegans commonly lack Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Zinc and Iron.
If you wish to stick to a vegan diet, consider taking a multi-vitamin. Also consider eating Flax Seeds and Chia Seeds as they consist of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. The best diet for our heath involves a wide variety of food sources and colour. It’s best to focus on what we’re missing from our diet as oppose to what we’re taking away.
If you really think about it, you know why a vegan diet is good for weight loss. Here’s a list of ten foods that you’d need to cut from your diet.
- Hot Dogs
- Milk Shakes
- Ice Cream
- Cheese Cake
These are all calorific foods that either contain meat, dairy or eggs. Admittedly, you’re able to live a healthy life and lose weight if you consume these products in moderation. A burger may solve an Iron deficiency and an omelette will provide the body with Vitamin B12.
The Final Word on Meat Intake
A four year Japaneses study of 70,696 subjects suggested that animal protein showed no obvious correlation with morality (Budhathoki et al. 2019).
However, the same study suggested that the substitution of red meat or processed meat with a plant based alternative may reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer related illness. That’s not to say that red meat is bad. In fact, a different study of 92,500 subjects concluded that red meat may reduce biliary track cancer in men (Makiuchi et al. 2020).
We need to stop demonizing meat. The for-mentioned studies conclude that a diet with varied protein sources is our healthiest option. If we wish to go about a vegan diet for ethical purposes, so be it but veganism won’t make a health conscious person even healthier.
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