“People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” -Pino Caruso
There is no denying that the vegan/veganism lifestyle has taken the world by storm. In this post we will look at 6 reasons veganism could be your best lifestyle choice ever. But first, what is veganism exactly?
According to The Vegan Society ,“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
Or to put it in more simpler terms, veganism is the elimination of all animal products from your lifestyle, from the kitchen to the clothes you wear.
So then what are the benefits of veganism?
- Reduces the risk of cancer.
- Reduces the risk of diabetes.
- Can lead to an improved mood.
- Encourages natural ingredients
- Promotes a healthier skin.
- Could saves the bees.
Let’s take a look at the veganism benefits that we have listed above in more detail.
Going vegan could reduce the risk of cancer.
Research shows that eating 7 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may reduce your chances of dying from cancer by 15%. The reason for this is that vegans eat considerably more legumes, fruit and vegetables than non-vegans.
Furthermore, a vegan diet typically contains more soy products which may offer some protection against breast cancer. The risk of prostate, breast and colon cancer is reduced when following a vegan diet because smoked or processed meats are absent. Smoked or processed meats are thought to promote certain types of cancers.
Veganism reduces the risk of diabetes.
According to Diabetes.co.uk, eating a healthy vegan diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat, but balanced enough to include fibre and protein, blood glucose levels can be made easier to control.
The vegan diet, especially when combined with exercise, can help reduce blood glucose levels and better manage diabetes.
A vegan diet can lead to an improved mood.
According to a study done by food scientists, vegetarian diets significantly improve mood and lower stress. According to the research published in the Nutritional Journal, vegetarians/vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts.
Meat eaters consume a high intake of arachidonic acid compared to vegans and vegetarians. Research shows that high intakes of arachidonic acid promotes changes in the brain that can disturb mood.
According to Viva Health, “The authors of the study suggest that consuming a diet high in meat, fish and poultry may negatively impact mental state while vegetarian diets improve mood and reduce stress.” Furthermore, “The positive effects of vegetarian diets are attributed to the differences in the types of fats consumed as well as to the higher intake of antioxidants – stress reducing substances found in plant-based foods.”
Due to the fact that vegetarian and vegan diets increases the consumption of magnesium and calcium, you can also expect to have a more regulated and effective sleep cycle. And an improved sleep cycle most definitely improves your mood.
Veganism encourages natural ingredients.
Well this is kind of pretty much obvious, but we just had to put it in here. Due to vegan diets consisting mainly of nuts, beans, legumes, fruit and vegetables, you are guaranteed to consume more natural ingredients when following a vegan diet. Most meat products are put through a process to ensure that their shelf lives are extended. And let’s not forget that processed meat goes through even more processes that the steak lying on your plate.
Veganism promotes a healthier skin
According to dermatologist Papri Sarkar, “Because a vegan diet typically requires that you eat vegetables and fruits rather than dairy, meat, and (most) processed snacks, the natural antioxidants can impact the complexion of the skin.”
She found that patients who follow a primarily plant-based diet report brighter complexions and less bloating of the face.
Veganism save the bees.
We love bees, and you should too. Bees are awesome and we can’t survive without their help! And any hardcore vegan should try to eliminate honey from their diets too.
But, where will you get the honey to sweeten your tea or latte’? Thankfully there are some alternatives to honey. Honey alternatives include, but are not limited to maple syrup, date syrup and coconut nectar. Another alternative that you must try out is vegan honey. Sunny Hunny is an amazing brand that produces their own vegan honey. Flavours range from orange and ginger to cinnamon. And obviously an original flavour too.
There’s no doubt that going vegan has its benefits, for both your health and the environment. But, it should be noted that this is a big step and this takes some planning. Furthermore, always check with your medical practitioner or dietitian before making significant changes to your diet.
So before taking the plunge into the vegan lifestyle, perhaps first try out some vegan recipes and meals to see if this way of living would be doable for you and your family. And if you don’t want to fully commit to the vegan lifestyle, try out a few vegetarian recipes instead.