Veganism has become more popular now than it has ever been. Although plant-based diets are nothing new, its not until recently that it has gained mainstream coverage thanks to organisations reporting on the devastating effects meat consumption has on our planet and the lives of many animals.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from using animal products in any form. This could be in our diet, in our clothing, cosmetic or even as a mode of transport. Apart from the environmental and ethical benefits of being vegan, there are numerous benefits for our body. Keep reading below to understand why this diet has grown in popularity over the past few years.
• No animal fats: Animal fats have been linked to a wide range of conditions like diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and heart disease. Fats from animal products cause the deadliest diseases. When you go fully plant-based, you cut out these harmful fats from your diet and thus reduce your risk of getting these diseases. Planet based oils, seeds and nuts provide necessary fatty acids without increasing your cholesterol levels.
• Lowers the risk of cancer: Meat these days are often pumped with lots of antibiotics and other hormones that can result in fatal cancers in those who consume them. A healthy vegan diet consisting of legumes, fruits, nuts and vegetables is completely opposite and can help to prevent and protect against various types of cancers.
• Optimum Bone health: We have been told to drink cow’s milk for strong bones and teeth since childhood and we now know that this is not true. Vegans rely on rich sources of calcium like figs, kale, peas, spinach and broccoli for their calcium intake. There are many milk alternatives made purely using nuts like almonds and cashews. Cheese and yogurt alternatives made using soy, almond and coconut milk also contain large amounts of calcium. Bones also require potassium, Vitamin D and K and this can be easily found in many fruits, soy products and some vegetables.
• Heart Friendly: One of the leading causes of heart disease is obesity which often happens on an animal-based diet. Those on a vegan diet consume fewer calories on whole compared to their non-vegan counterparts and this leads to lower body mass index (BMI) resulting in less obesity. A lower BMI means less bad cholesterol which is often the main factors for heart disease.