REASONS TO BE A VEGAN
What comes in your mind when you hear the word ‘VEGAN’???
Are veganism and vegetarianism same?
To begin the consideration on this, let’s start by looking at how the word vegan differs from vegetarian…
Veganism is far different from vegetarianism.
A vegetarian diet does not allow eggs, meat and fish, but commonly allows dairy products and by products. Veganism takes this idea to the peak level, cutting out every item of animal origin like dairy, eggs, honey, gelatine, wool, leather etc.
Many athletes all around are seeing the benefits of going vegan, both from a personal and environmental point of view. Virat Kohli is a living proof of this…
Vegan choices deliver many advantages over other choices of diets. From good mood to healthy immune system, the vegan lifestyle provides a vast array of health perks. With those benefits in mind, let’s now take a step further and see the benefits:
- Nutritional value
When followed correctly, several studies have reported that vegan diet tends to contain more fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Vegan diets are packed of essential nutrients required by the body.
But in the absence of meat, it is important to make sure that a body consumes all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms. Protein consists of amino acids, which aid in metabolism and help to keep the muscles, skin and organs healthy. Protein rich vegan options include nuts, peanut butter, seeds, grains and legumes.
Iron is also another key nutrient and plays a crucial role in the production of red blood cells which help to carry oxygen throughout the body. Good sources of iron include beans, broccoli, raisins, wheat and tofu.
- Our moods
Many researches have revealed that vegans may be happier than others consuming different diets. In fact it was discovered that vegans and vegetarians had lower scores on depression and mood profile tests when compared to non-vegetarians. There is an element of freshness and purity to most plant based dishes– so this is bound to purify the mind and soul and keep the thoughts positive.
- Disease prevention
Due to the fact that vegan diets contain less saturated fats, they have been shown to reduce heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, gall stones, osteoporosis, arthritis and many more
- Fewer migraines
As well as playing its role in reducing the risks of several diseases, vegan diet can also help to reduce the risk migraine attacks. Migraines are often linked to the diets and food a person consumes and is a common trigger. Foods like chocolate and cheese are also common culprits. Vegan diets, especially organic ones are much purer and less likely to become a trigger for migraine attack.
- Weight loss
A bonus to sticking to a vegan diet has a positive effect on the body weight. Vegans typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables that are easily digestible. Vegans are also generally more aware of healthy and nutritious food and therefore tend to eat better and look fit.
- Improving athletic performance
While most active individuals focus on high protein intake, more and more athletes follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich veganism diet for optimum sports performance. And Virat Kohli is the live example.
- Protecting the environment
A plant-based diet is better for the planet as it requires very less energy and farmland to feed a vegan. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment– from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to the plate. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and extinction of species. Safeguarding the environment is beneficial for all.
- Balancing hormones
High level of hormones such as oestrogen can be responsible for causing breast cancer. A New York study found that levels of oestrogen can be increased by animal fats.
Vegans on the other hand have lower levels of oestrogen because of the lower fat content in their diet. Additionally, they have more of certain carrier molecules, called sex hormone binding globulin, which circulate blood and hold onto sex hormones– keeping them inactive until they are needed. Fatty foods do the reverse: they increase oestrogen in the body.
Vegans have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters as well as being a vegan has a positive impact on the planet earth
Animal slaughter and killing or torturing animals for food in general, is rooted in our society. But, should we be supporting or considering this violent tradition???
VEGANISM: The future is green…