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Going Vegan A Safe Choice?

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No exaggeration. Veganism can save the world. The question is: are you brave enough to become a vegan?

The number of people cutting down on meat and dairy, has been rising over the last decade and for good reasons! A vegan or plant-based diet excludes all animal products, including meat, dairy, and eggs. There are so many amazing ways that veganism can improve our lives including fantastic health benefits, less stress on our environment, more efficient ways to use our resources.  The vegan diet is generally considered to be higher in fiber and low in cholesterol, protein, calcium and salt than an omnivorous diet but there are still misconceptions and concerns about cutting meat, fish, eggs and dairy completely from our diets. Those who follow this diet avoid all animal products, including meat, dairy, and eggs. Some people also avoid eating honey. People who choose to live a vegan lifestyle may also avoid clothes, soaps, and other products that use or contain parts of animals, such as leather and animal fur. Some adopt this lifestyle for its environmental benefits as a sustainable diet. Vegan diets tend to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Eating a variety of these foods will provide a wide range of important vitamins, minerals, fats and protein.


Vegans benefit from increased consumption of vegetables. The vegan diets can improve energy metabolism in healthy, obese, and type 2 diabetic individuals. Diets that are high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, vegetable oils, and whole grain which contain valuable nutrients, including fiber and antioxidant vitamins are often associated with lower

rates of cardiovascular disease development, Those who skip meat have less of a chance of becoming obese high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. which means vegans tend to have a healthier heart! Vegans are also less likely to get diabetes and lung, mouth, esophagus, and stomach cancers. It’s a given that following a compassionate lifestyle that avoids harming animals will give you a clearer conscience, and studies show that vegans may actually be

happier than meat-eaters. In fact, vegans and vegetarians had better scores on depression tests and mood profiles than those who ate fish and meat. Vegan foods tend to be lower in calories than animal-derived ones, making it easier

to achieve a healthy body weight without actively focusing on cutting calories. When it comes to skin issues, one of the worst culprits is dairy multiple studies have shown that dairy consumption worsens acne in both men and women. Aside from ditching dairy, vegans typically eat more fruit and vegetables, which means they get more of the good stuff that’s needed for healthy skin, such as antioxidants and vitamins.

Vegan vs. vegetarian

Vegans and vegetarians choose not to eat meat. However, veganism is stricter and also prohibits dairy, eggs, honey, and any other items that derive from animal products, such as leather and silk.

How to Go Vegan

Does the idea of a vegan diet interest you, but you're not sure how to start? If you want, you could plunge right in and cut out all poultry, meat, eggs, and dairy at once. Or take a more gradual approach and increase the amount of fruits and vegetable you eat at each meal.

 


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