Keep Yourself Healthy... The Vegan Way!
What is veganism? Veganism is a type of vegetarianism. The difference between a standard vegetarian diet and a vegan way of eating is that while both are meat-free, a vegan also excludes eggs, dairy products and any other food derived from an animal source from their diet. A vegan diet is plant-based and consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
What can a vegan way of eating mean for you? Aside from the environmental and animal rights concerns of an omnivorous diet, a vegan lifestyle is a healthy eating choice with many benefits. As Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein once said, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Here are some of the reasons.
Heart disease and stroke prevention
According to The Heart & Stroke Foundation, someone dies from heart disease or stroke every seven minutes in Canada. But here is some good news for your heart: Without animal products in a diet, there is no source for dietary cholesterol. While animal products are not the only source of cholesterol, as it's produced naturally in the body, they do contain a high amount, and by eliminating animal products, cholesterol levels may be easier to manage, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Keeping your blood pressure in check with the proper foods, including a diet loaded with whole grains, will also help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
A diet that's packed full of whole grains, beans, nuts, soy, fruit and vegetables offers an incredible punch of nutrition. Since vegans satisfy their hunger with only plant-based foods, they are typically eating their way to better nutrition with every bite! Proper nutrition is linked to several health benefits, including prevention of cancer, reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases, prevention of osteoporosis, brain and eye health as well as boosting of the immune system.
The list of potential benefits of embracing a vegan diet is long and impressive. Here are several other reasons to consider veganism as a lifestyle choice:
- More natural carbohydrates in the diet means more energy and less chance your body will burn muscle tissue.
- A better complexion. Vegans usually have clear skin free of blemishes and food-related skin conditions.
- Strong, healthy hair and nails.
- A potential reduction in allergy symptoms.
- Fresher breath.
- Better weight management.
- A potential reduction in the symptoms of PMS and arthritis.