Is veganism good? Following the rise of the number of people who convert to vegan diets many people wonder if it is safe, good or bad.
Scientists have often linked our health with our diets. Diet is sometimes the underlying reason behind many diseases such as: obesity, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and you name it. Some diet recommendations include : less meat consumption and increased fruits and vegetables consumption. Because of these non-meat oriented recommendations, vegetarian diets became more and more popular. A vegetarian diet is when a person prefers fruits and vegetables to meat and fish. A vegan diet is different from the vegetarian one. Vegans normally refuse to consume any product of animal origin: they refuse to eat cheese and drink milk, they do not wear clothing made out of animal skin and fur etc.
In some countries, research showed that vegan diet has a greater result in weight loss that other diets. Veganism is also linked to a significant risk reduction in terms of some diseases like: Ischemic heart disease, cancers etc. Dr Ellsworth Wareham said in an interview with CNN that the key to his long 104 life is the vegan diet, because it helps to manage cholesterol levels, keeps the heart safer and assures a better quality of life. Some others say that vegan diets are good for reducing the blood pressure and are beneficial in dealing with blood glucose levels.
Some of the pitfalls of the vegan diet is vitamin deficiency, because once meat is taken off usual diet, they have to be replaced by some other products that supply the body with the same nutrition. That’s why nuts should be included in the vegan diet and also colza oil. Vitamin B12 is the vitamin that vegans need to pay a lot of attention to, because it is important for cell division and a better nervous system functioning. The lack of vitamins may even lead to neurological damage and taking some supplements could be a solution.
Many recent converts confirm that at the beginning of the vegan diet, they often feel hungry. That’s linked to the diet change that the body undergoes. They tend to snack a lot at the beginning. They also say that they feel more energetic and have a better metabolism, because of the vegan diet. The vegan diet may also be linked to some skin improvements.
To conclude, vegan diet is composed of fruits, vegetables and anything else excluding animal meat, animal milk, animal byproducts etc. The vegan diet reduces the risk of some diseases, but may be the reason behind some vitamin deficiency.
Here is a top 10 list of superfoods vegans should consume:
- Walnuts for Omega 3.
- Broccoli for potassium, magnesium and calcium. It also contains some Vitamin K.
- Avocado for vitamin E, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, dietary fiber, phosphorus and magnesium.
- Blueberries for antioxidants that fight against free radicals.
- Raw pumpkin seeds.
- Goji berries.