Veganism is a way of life that stays away from the exploration of animals, so naturally a vegan diet would exclude all dairy and meat products. People take up a vegan diet for many reasons, for ethical reasons, health reasons or to protect the environment. Generally a vegan diet would be critiqued but there are numerous benefits to it.
Here are the various benefits to a vegan diet:
1. Great way to loose weight
A vegan diet means no animal or dairy products which cuts down the general intake of fat considerably. Vegans also have a smaller BMI, because vegan diets reduce ones calorie intake drastically. Making it a healthy alternative without having to cut calories.
2. Boost in Immune System
A consistent vegan diet of fruits and veggies can really help boost the immune system since they are packed rich with anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are key to help boost the immune system which can help fight most diseases.
3. Goodbye to odor
Surprisingly when one consumes dairy and meat products you have a tendency to have a certain odour but one of the benefits of being on a vegan diet is the lack of body and mouth odour.
4. Vitamin Rich Diet
In some studies its been shown that a vegan diet actually are more rich in vitamins such as fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins such as Vitamin A,C,E, potassium, and much more.
5. Reduces Blood Pressure
Since vegan diets are concentrated in plant compounds they have been known to reduce blood sugar levels. Making it an ideal diet for diabetes patients to follow.
There have been many studies conducted by the the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association show a vegan diet lowers blood-sugar levels. Studies have also shown that patients who eat a full vegan diet versus others have reduced signs of certain cancers, have a lower risk of heart disease, and even reduce the pain of arthritis.
A vegan diet can consist of anything that is not of animal origin, so things like beans, fruits, seeds, tofu, lentils, flaxseeds, etc. A vegan diet excludes meat, dairy, honey, fish, eggs, and anything else of animal origin.
Veganism is usually seen as a position against animal cruelty that has developed into a way of life. In any case there’s a good reason that people do swear by a vegan diet.
About the author:
Kavya Sridharan is our newest Content Intern at The Silver Lining. When she isn’t busy typing away, she loves to travel and eat (a lot) – a delicious combination.