Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines.
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Essentially vegans are being vegetarian with the add-on that they don’t use any other animal products such honey, fur, leather, cosmetics, soaps derived from animal products etc.
Studies have shown that most people become vegetarian and then step by step they tend to get into the vegan lifestyle. The most common reasons to become vegan are claimed to be for environmental, health and ethical reasons.
The vegan diet consists mostly of plant-based food including nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, beans and greens. Most foods except sugar, fats and alcohol do contain some level of protein. Hence, vegans usually get their protein intake from the following sources: tofu, peas, rice, spinach, potatoes, kale, chickpeas, peas, soy milk, peanut butter and many more.
So to the big question – are vegans healthier compared to individuals following a regular (normal) diet including meat and other animal products? Research has shown that a vegan diet includes numerous of health benefits due an intake of less saturated fats which improves the health of our blood vessels. The food is also high in fiber which helps fighting cancer. In addition, vegans get a large intake of antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin e (just to mention a few) through grains, nuts, dark green leaves etc. which is beneficial for cell renewal and healthy looking skin.
Following a vegan diet will most likely help to:
- lose weight as it eliminates unhealthy food
- eliminating dairy products improves the condition of skin and nails
- eliminating red meat is proven to eliminate body odor
- a vegan diet grantees a better BMI ratio due to the elimination of unhealthy fats and meat
With this being said it’s not stated that a vegan diet is healthier than any other diet – it all comes down to how well someone follows the dietary requirement, for example: if a vegan exchanges the red meat with fries instead of tofu and greens the vegan diet won’t have a positive impact on the individual.
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