What is a Vegan Diet?

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A vegan diet is becoming really popular. Vegetarian lifestyles have been around for a very long time, but only recently have people began to take a look at removing dairy and other animal products from their diet.

What are you able to eat on a vegan diet?

With a vegan diet, you’ll be able to eat anything that doesn’t include animal sourced products, ingredients or animal products within the product creation process.

This means no meats, eggs, or dairy products for example. Also, whey, cheese flavors, and other ingredients typically seen in processed foods that contain animal-based ingredients.

This leaves you with a world of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes and other food that dooen’t contain animal products.

Why go vegan?

There are a bunch of reasons why someone would switch to a vegan diet, but here are three main ones: 

1. Personal health. 

Research shows that a vegan diet is often beneficial for a healthier heart, lowering the chance for heart condition and even some cancers. A plant-based diet with less animal products has been shown to lower inflammation and reduce the chance of obesity caused illnesses.

2. Ethical perspective. 

Many people dislike the concept of animal agriculture. They see it as unnecessary for animals to die to become food, and find it cruel and unsustainable. There’s little doubt that confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are cruel to the animals. For many, the moral argument is resolved by using only meat from animals that are treated humanely – which isn’t a vegan diet. If you’re concerned about the health and welfare of animals, switching to a vegan diet could be one of the ways to feel more ethically secure.

3. Environmental sustainability. 

Animal agriculture could be a contributor to global temperature changes. Many factory-farmed animals like chickens, pigs, and cows outnumber humans by over five times. This number of animals may well be unsustainable to feed and grow. In other words, growing this number of animals draws too much water and food supply. In addition, CAFOs produce huge amounts of pollution. As an example, the runoff of pollutants into the land, nearby streams and rivers.

Is a vegan diet for you?

You now have a quick overview of what a vegan diet is, and why people would switch to eating plants only over animal products.
A vegan diet isn’t for everybody. Additionally, it isn’t a fast fix for an unhealthy lifestyle. Just like any diet, if you eat unhealthy, processed foods, it may not have any benefits to your health. Doing it right, making sure you cover all nutritional requirements with what you are ingesting will play a huge part on how you feel and how healthy you are. Vegan diet does require attention and you need to focus on replenishing any vitamins and minerals and keep those levels balanced.

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