Why Should One Follow a Vegan Diet?
Let's First See What Is a Vegan Diet:
A vegan or plant-based diet eliminates all meat and animal products, including dairy, and eggs. When people understand and follow the vegan diet properly, it can help them to contribute to a greater daily intake of several beneficial nutrients. The vegan diet is extremely nutritious, decreases the risk of chronic diseases, and helps in weight loss.
Now Let's See What You Can Eat on a Vegan Diet:
On a vegan diet, you can consume foods made from plants, including:
- Legumes like beans, peas, and lentils
- Seeds or nuts
- Bread, rice, and pasta
- Vegetables and fruits
- Dairy alternatives like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc
- Oils, vinegar, and fermented foods
- Herbs and spices
What You Cannot Consume on a Vegan Diet:
Vegans can't consume any food items made from animals, including:
- Meat and animal by-products
- Chicken, duck, and other poultry
- White sugar
- Fish or other seafood
- Cheese and butter
- Dairy products like milk, cream, ice cream, and yogurt
- Mayonnaise (because it includes egg yolks)
Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why One Should Follow a Vegan Diet:
- Best Way to Support Animals
Did you know that every vegan saves approximately 200 - 250 animals per year? A vegan lifestyle prevents a huge amount of animal killing and suffering. Adopting plant-based diets over meat, eggs, and other dairy products is clearly a very easy and comfortable way to help animals and prevent them from suffering.
- It Can Help You Lose Excess Weight
Is shedding some excess kilos first on your list of intentions for the new year? A rising number of people are switching to plant-based foods in hopes of shedding extra weight. Studies show that vegans are, on average, up to 10 kg lighter than people who eat meat. And unlike harmful trending diets, which leave you feeling exhausted (and usually don’t keep the weight off for long), going vegan empowers you to keep the extra fat off for good and have an abundance of energy.
- Vegan Diet May Shield Against Several Cancers
According to the WHO(World Health Organization), around one-third 1/3rd of total cancers can be prevented by circumstances within your power, including diet. For example, consuming legumes daily may decrease your risk of colorectal cancer by 9–18 percent. Studies also submit that consuming at least 5 - 7 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day may lessen your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15 percent. Vegans usually eat considerably more beans, seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables than nonvegans. This shows why vegans may benefit from a 15 percent lower risk of developing or dying from cancer.
- Save the Planet
Meat is not considered environmentally beneficial. Eating it is actually one of the most dangerous things that you can do for the Earth. Meat generation is destructive, wasteful, and causes tremendous amounts of pollution, and the industry is also one of the greatest reasons for climate change. Choosing a vegan diet is more efficient than shifting to an “electrical” car in the battle against climate change.
- Vegan Food Is Yummy
Don't be shocked, this is true. When you switch to vegan, you can still consume all your beloved foods, like burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream. The only exception? You’ll be abandoning the evil cruelty and that extra cholesterol that goes hand in hand with practicing animals for cooking. With the changing perceptions, the demand for vegan food is rising every day and so the companies are coming out with more and more tasty vegan food– and dairy-free alternatives that taste delicious, are much better than their animal-derived equivalents, and don’t harm any living creatures.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Rajeshri Mehta
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
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