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Health Benefits being Vegan, worthily?

Why should we eat a vegan diet? Are the claimed health benefits being vegan true? One thing is for sure, you cannot escape the Veganism movement any longer! The market is adjusting to the trend and new vegan products are promoted everywhere!

Restaurants adding more vegan options to their menus and an increasing amount of people are claiming to be vegan now. But why are there more vegans than ever? To get a better understanding, we’ll dig deeper and explore the health benefits being vegan, further.

Nutritional Values

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By removing all animal products from our diets or at least part of it, we add healthier options instead. Dairy and meat are replaced with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.

Certainly, a well planned plant-based provides many nutritional benefits. Just by avoiding animal products you can reduce saturated fats immensely.

A Vegan diet is also more rich in fiber and antioxidants. The diet has more potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E. To understand why this is so important and from where you can get it, find an overview below:

Nutritional Values explained

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Fiber is critical for a good digestion, lowers blood sugar and helps weight loss. Some examples of fiber rich foods are: Chia Seeds, Oats, Dark Chocolate (at least 70% Cocoa content), Popcorn, Raspberries, Almonds, Broccoli etc.

Antioxidants are helping our defense system to prevent free radicals damaging our body.

Vitamin A is important for vision and your immune system. It also helps organs to work properly. This vitamin is present in many foods – apricots, carrots (especially in form of juice, highly recommended!), butternut squash, sweet potatoes, kale and spinach.

Vitamin C helps to boost your immune system. Get yourself covered by eating from the following foods: Kale, Kiwis, Broccoli, Lemons, Strawberries and Oranges.

Vitamin E is needed for the body to function normally. It benefits your heart, skin, eyes and brain. Deficiencies rarely happen since the vitamin is in many foods. Find some examples here: red sweet pepper, broccoli, avocado, mango, kiwi, almonds and hazelnuts.

Potassium is very important for bone and heart health. Good sources of potassium are: beans, lentils, potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, bananas, avocados, tomato sauce and oranges (including juice).

Magnesium is critical for a healthy diet. Foods which contain a good amount of magnesium are: dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, tofu, legumes, seeds, whole grains, bananas and leafy greens.

Folate is a vitamin B and has many important functions. It helps to repair cells and is critical for a healthy baby growth during pregnancy. Eat more legumes, leafy greens, broccoli, nuts, seeds, citrus fruits, bananas and avocados to get the required amount.

Weight loss

health benefits being vegan

The health benefits being vegan are immense and one of them is weight loss. When you compare the BMI (body mass index) from non-vegans and vegans, studies show that vegans tend to be thinner.

Many fatty foods are cut out and calorie intake is usually lower. Vegans are also focusing more on healthier food options, less processed and easier to digest. Eat a vegan diet and a slimmer figure will be your bonus.

Prevent disease

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Vegans usually suffer from fewer diseases due to their healthier diets. By eating a balanced vegan diet you can revert or avoid illnesses as listed below:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

If you want to learn more about the connection of diseases and a standard western diet, you should definitely watch Forks over Knives. It will open your eyes, change your mind, and probably save your life.

Other Health Benefits being vegan

Longevity – Vegans have been found to live longer lifes than meat-eaters.

Energy – Sluggishness has often to do with our unhealthy diets. Stop letting your diet suck out your energy. By eating a vegan diet your energy level will drastically increase to a new high!

Migraines – Many experience a relief of headaches by removing animal products from their diets.

Healthy Skin – Vegans usually have a healthy looking skin due to the higher intake of Vitamin A and E.

Hair – Would you like to have stronger and healthier hair? This can be achieved with a proper vegan diet.

Nails – Eating a healthy vegan diet will lead to stronger and better nails. Apparently nails can give you some clue about your overall health too.

compassionate life

Animals – Many people are going vegan out of ethical reasons. They want to support animal rights and live a cruelty-free and compassionate life. If you did not yet reach that point of understanding, just watch Earthlings and you’ll get there. This documentary is an eye-opener and will change your point of view forever, guaranteed!

Environment Growing plants is much cheaper than growing animals that we intend to kill. The production of animal products takes a toll on the environment. Imagine what we could do with the massive amount of resources wasted, instead. Let’s save the world together!

Hormone Consumption – Most of the animals are being fed with hormones to speed up their growth. This is a common practice in the meat industry. If you are eating an animal which was previously fed with hormones, guess what, you will eat those hormones too. This can not only create an imbalance in your body but as well can grow tumors.

Bottom Line

Go Vegan

The health benefits being vegan are incredible. A vegan diet is a nutritious choice – low in saturated fats and rich in nutrients. No matter for what reasons you consider or you are already following this diet, if balanced well, it is the best you can do for yourself and all other beings around you.

However, I understand that starting out on an animal free diet can be overwhelming. If you need tips on how to transition to a vegan diet, look no further, I got you covered.

Why don’t you join me in my journey of becoming a happy, healthy vegan?

Nathalie

20 Comments

  1. Thank you Nathalie for a informative and motivational read. I have been a vegetarian for little more than 4 years. And I saw benefits ( actually felt them ) about 2 months later. Even though I considered myself fairly fit and active my overall health became noticeably better. One of the benefits about it is, you don’t eat out as much or do fast food when you choose a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Sure you may still go out and dine ever so often or tell them to hold the meat at the intercom, but you don’t do it that much when you start a healthy eating lifestyle. Thank you for your site and the education you provide.

    • Hi Donald, you’re most welcome 🙂 Glad that you chose a vegetarian lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your perspective and I absolutely agree with you.

  2. Hi, Nathalie,

    I just read your last post and I find it very clear and explained in simple words. Above all, the benefits for health and the environment are very obvious. I also notice how we definitely eat too much meat, and above all any, with hormones, antibiotics etc. . . I also like that it is very releasing, so e. g. meat eaters don’t feel forced to give up their eating habits immediately, but can start eating more fruits and vegetables. Keep it up!

    Cheers,

    Bogdan

  3. I know a few people that are vegans and have run into issues with keeping their protein intake up. Are there any supplements or maybe vegan protein powders you’d recommend for me to pass along to them? I absolutely loved Forks over Knives. It was truly eye opening. I am not vegan and I’m a chef but I do try and limit my meat intake, especially red meat. Thanks for reminding me of all the reasons to stay mainly plant based in my diet!

    • Hello Jennifer, I personally use Orgain Organic Protein Powder which is really good. Per serving you get 21 grams of organic protein and 5 grams of organic fiber. It will make it very easy to keep up with the daily Protein recommendation. Glad you try to limit your meat intake. Yes Forks over Knives is such a good and informative documentary! If I can assist with anything else, just let me know. I am happy to help 🙂

  4. Hi Nathalie, and thanks for sharing your insight with your visitors. I really am considering some kind of change to my diet as I have too much of a belly and my energy levels are not as good as previously. I also think cutting down or completely losing the red meat for at least a period of time might help this. After reading your article I feel I have a much better source of information to turn to. Thanks so much, Kenny 

    • Hey Kenny, you’re most welcome. Cutting down or removing red meat is a great way to start. Once you feel comfortable, you might want to try to cut out all meat and see if you notice a difference in your health. I wish you all the best in your journey and if you need any help, please reach out! 

  5. Thank you for such a post a post Nathalie. I am a vegan but my brother is not. I always tell him about the health benefits of being vegan but he never understands my point, I hope this post will be helpful for him. I totally agree that fruits and vegetables are very much essential for us due to their vitamins, proteins, fibers etc, and eating more and more of non vegetarian food increases the risk of heart diseases, diabetes etc and moreover according to a survey which I have read somewhere vegan people feel more fresh and healthier then others.

    Thanks for this well laid and easy to understand article. It will be very beneficial for others.

    • I am glad that you like it! Let me know if you’re brother found it helpful too.

  6. Hello Nathalie,

    The truth many times I hear the word vegan now I know the meaning. Avoid all the animal products. What happiness I would feel. Some time ago I have been seriously thinking of becoming a vegan, because I love animals very much. I also have a family I will see how and when to start. Any questions I will leave my comments. Thank you so much!!

    Claudio

    • Hi Claudio, just don’t overthink. Start with baby steps and remove what you miss the least first and it won’t feel daunting. Glad that you consider it! If you need anything, just let me know! 

  7. I have to confess that I am a meat lover but after reading your blog I realized that being a Vegan there is more probability to have the healthy life. Honestly i am interested to become a vegan but i know is not an easy decision i might need support along the way. How many times can a vegan eat per day? I really need to know more about that due to this fact i might be visiting to site more often, am so happy i stumbled on your website made me to change the mindset.

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Kayd, that is great! Just start to change your lifestyle and food choices slowly and the process won’t feel daunting. You can eat as much as you like, there is no restriction. If you have any further questions, you can always ask. Wish you the best in your journey!

  8. Hi Nathalie,
    I have thought about going vegan many times. I love this article. I like that you pointed out the vitamins you get from different foods and how much healthier it can be to exclude animal products. Thank you for this information.

  9. Great article Nathalie, I have tried VEGAN, and enjoyed it. I currently don’t fully commit as I don’t do the the shopping or the cooking my partner does, however, I have explained how healthy being Vegan is and we are starting more juices and smoothies, I think the more awareness we have the better. It is certainly better for us and our planet!

  10. Hi Nathalie!

    Very well organised and written blog. Well done! Although I have been plant based for many years, I learned some things mentioned here which were new to me. Thank you for spreading the vegan love with so much dedication to the proper information 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

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