A vegan diet means that you don’t eat meat or animal products, but what’s the point of doing that? Besides ethical reasons, following a vegan diet has numerous health benefits. In fact, a desire for better health is often the reason many vegans cite as to why they made the switch.
Many vegans describe feeling much better about their bodies and claim to have more energy. Vegans often find themselves to be mentally happier because they feel better physically. A vegan diet is naturally richer in nutrients than a typical diet.
What happens when you eliminate meat?
When you eliminate meat and start in taking more beans, grains, fruits and vegetables, several things start to happen. Your body starts getting the only things it really needs. Vitamins, proteins, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, folate, and other nutrients tend to be increased when following a plant-based diet.
Eliminating meat, and staying away from a poor vegan diet, helps you to consume fewer calories and therefore keeps you at a healthy weight.
What diseases and aliments does veganism prevent?
In addition to helping to prevent obesity, vegans generally have low blood sugar and a lower risk of developing diabetes. One of the biggest benefits of being a vegan is that it has been proved that certain cancers are much less likely to appear. Many cancers can be prevented by diet choices, and those choices essentially include plenty of legumes, nuts, seeds, and plants.
Avoiding meat and eating more fruits and vegetables helps to lower the risks of getting breast cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Although it is hard to exactly say why scientific observations conclude that vegans have lower risks overall, it certainly must have something to do with the foods that are commonly consumed by these types of people.
As for diseases, veganism is linked to a lower risk of heart disease since eating beans, fresh vegetables and fruit, and fiber has been found to increase heart health. There have also been a few studies that show positive results of vegans not having as much arthritis pain as those who do eat animal products.
What does science say?
All the science experiments about the effects of a vegan diet are simply observations of what is taking place (or not taking place) in the body of those following this diet. Nothing can be said for certainty, but instead correlations can be made. We know that there is absolutely no harm in eating plant-based foods, and with scientific backings, there is evidence that only benefits are to be gained.
Monitoring what we put into our bodies is becoming more and more popular. Though there are many health gurus and trends that come and go, healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s really simple: don’t eat animal products and you will lead a healthier lifestyle that will make you feel better and stronger. Share with us your personal journey and if you agree in the comments!