Ask an omnivore-turned-vegan which food was most difficult to surrender, and there’s a good chance the answer will be cheese. “It’s really the hardest thing for people to give up,” says Miyoko Schinner, author of Artisan Vegan Cheese. “I hear this all the time, wherever I go across the country.” Schinner understands the reluctance. Before she…
- How Vegan Diet helps you healthy body functioning
- It has some nutritional shortfalls
5 Reasons To Choose Vegan Diet
Being vegan helps in a lot of ways –gives you a healthy body, disease protection, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Vegans choose to eat plant-based products and eliminate animal-based products, dairy products like milk, honey, meat, fish, eggs from their diet. The reason can be to stay healthy, religious beliefs or Ethical values. A vegan diet is nutritionally balanced and is highly beneficial for the healthy lifestyle. Some of its advantages are –
A large number of population opt for this diet to do excessive weight loss. The reason behind this is there is less intake of fats which come from animal-based products and high intake of fiber. Vegan Diet includes consumption of healthy food products like fruits, vegetables, nut and other plant-based products which maintain nutritional balance in your body.
Reduces Diabetes and Hypertension
People following Vegan Diet are often able to reduce their blood pressure and sugar level than compared to Non – vegans. Intake of plant-based products helps in reducing the need of insulin for the diabetic patients. As mentioned in various researchs, meat and fish eaters tend to have high blood pressure which is eliminated in the vegan diet.
Avoids Heart and Kidney Diseases
Vegan Diet helps reducing cholesterol in your body. Healthy food intake avoids risky heart diseases and helps in proper functioning of the heart. Plant proteins reduce the risk of the poor kidney function than meat proteins.
Helps to Maintain Healthy Bones
The diet is rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin K which contributes to the bone health significantly. Calcium Fortified plant milk and yogurts can help in achieving recommended calcium dietary intake which keeps the bones healthy and prevents various bone and dental diseases.
Overall healthy lifestyle
It keeps your mind and body relaxed and stress-free. Prevents you from common body ailments like a frequent headache, body pain etc. Eating healthy food like fruits, vegetables and less intake of fats makes you feel active and energized whole day. It makes you feel good and confident about your body.
Although Vegan Diet has proved to be beneficial to many it has some nutritional shortfalls as well. Vegans often tend to have various nutrient deficiencies like –
Vitamin B12: Deficiency of Vitamin B12 occurs due to the elimination of dairy products and meat from the diet, for vegans, it can be prevented by taking B12 supplements or B12 fortified foods.
Calcium: Vegan should eat more tofu, tahini, and green leafy vegetables to intake the required amount of calcium in the body.
Iron: Iron is essential to transport oxygen to the blood cells. Eat dried beans and use a cast-iron skillet to prepare the meal to have an iron-rich diet.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: It is important for cardiovascular health, eyes and brain function. Eating walnuts, soy products, and flaxseed can prevent the deficiency.
Although, It is hard to be a vegan in India as Indians love to eat dairy and poultry products.The most indulgent foods in India consists of milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and meat. But when it comes to healthy living, veganism is one of the best options you can opt for and every non-vegan food in your diet can be replaced by a vegan food.
-prepared by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05
Mumbai, September 9, 2017: Singer-actress Monica Dogra has chosen to go vegan to be “more ethical and clean in our bodies”.
“I’ve been vegetarian for a few years, but after a bunch of friends watched ‘What the Health’, we had some conversations about just wanting to be more ethical and clean in our bodies, and so we decided to go vegan together,” Monica Dogra said in a statement.
On the work front, Monica Dogra, who made her acting debut in Bollywood with the 2011 film “Dhobi Ghat”, is set to release a single soon. (IANS)
London, August 12, 2017: The world is facing a new trend – ‘Go Vegan’! You might be a meat-lover, but what’s trending is the influx of vegetarianism amongst people.
But why is it so?…
Around 28 per cent of meat-eating Brits have reduced their meat consumption in the last six months, a new report by industry analysts Mintel claims, with 14 per cent expressing interest in limiting meat and poultry in their diets in the future, mentioned The Independent report.
Here are 7 reasons why a great percentage of British people are turning to a vegetarian life:
1. Animal welfare
To avoid being a double standard for supporting animal welfare and then gorging meat, many people have completely stopped eating meat. People have woke up to the animal abuse and feel they have an ethical obligation towards them. This is one of the reasons in Britain with as many as 54 percent people citing it. Popular films like ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Forks Over Knives’ have also elucidated on animal atrocities.
2. Health concerns
Nearly 49 percent Brits referred health concern alone as the reason for reducing their meat intake, with them admitting that too much meat might be bad for them. Many studies have also shown that meat intake increases the risk of heart disease. A Netflix documentary, ‘What The Health’, went far ahead to claim that eating one egg was as bad as smoking five cigarettes a day.
3. Weight management
Social media has been conducive in spreading body positivity, however, it cannot be overlooked that obesity, a major concern in America and a serious health danger, is increasing among the urban populace of India too. Studies revealed that a vegetarian diet is more useful for weight loss, as opposed to a meat-driven diet. Hence, for 29 per cent Britons, losing weight has taken precedence over meat.
4. Health food bloggers
Many health bloggers have emerged in different-social media platforms, motivating netizens to get fit. Plant-based bloggers like Deliciously Ella have been an influential force on almost 16 per cent British citizens who decided to leave the meat for a salubrious lifestyle. Emma Clifford, the senior food analyst at Mintel explains, “Following a meat-free diet is likely to be aspirational to many consumers and social media is playing an important role in the attraction of this endeavor.”
5. Environmental worries
The youth are aware of the ever increasing environmental concerns they would have to face in near future. People under 25 constituted the majority of vegetarians who cited environmental concern as their top reason. Clifford explains, “Flagging up that consumers are making a choice which is good for the environment and which can help to create a greener future in the long-term is likely to be a persuasive selling point.”
6. Public campaigns
Campaigns like Meat-free Mondays, supported by Jamie Oliver, National Vegetarian Week, and Veganuary have been a motivating factor behind the green lifestyle. About 39 percent of meat reducers have attributed to such campaigns as motivation.
What could be a greater motivation than saving money? A chicken burger costs more than the veggie burger, or in other words, food expenses are higher for meat eaters.