World Vegan Month: Pros & Cons
By Mireille Rizk Corbani
They are often animal rights activists who eliminate the usage of animal products for any purpose. They don’t only eliminate meat, fish and poultry but they also exclude dairy and eggs, by removing all animal products. Their foods will only be fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. These are the Vegans! It’s important to point out that being vegan doesn’t mean you’re automatically healthier. A vegan diet can be healthful and nutritionally dense if they’re carefully intended to include essential nutrients. However, a vegan diet can be unhealthy if it contains not enough important nutrients.
Let’s check out the Pros & Cons of this diet: To cut things out, a vegan diet is a very powerful medicine!
• Plant-based diets are linked to a reduced risk of all chronic disease, and give much more strength.
• Specifically, they will help reducing risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity.
• It was also proven that vegan diets are associated with lower body mass index (BMI) which is an indicator of how you rate in terms of having a healthy body weight.
• Furthermore, ADA (American Dietetic Association) proved that if a well-designed diet includes all of the essential vitamins and nutrients, all vegan diets can be a healthy option for people in all lifespan.
• Indeed, the vegan diets can lead to “more years in life, and more life in years,” as Bill Clinton stated.
As reported by him, he felt better and having more energy when consuming a healthier, low-fat, plant based diet. However, while plant-based diets offer significant benefits to our health, they are some few nutrients that may be lacked and might risk our health.
• Vitamin deficiencies could be developed. Although it may take years to develop, but they can be serious. Vitamins play critical roles in essential cell developments, so their deficiencies can lead to problems in the organs of the body and in the brain.
• Vegans may be deficient in vitamin B12, mainly found in animal products, and omega 3 fatty acids, mainly found in fish, which are essential to the normal functioning of our organs.
• Because vegans don’t consume vitamin D-fortified dairy products, Vitamin D may also be a problem. This deficiency might increase the risk of osteoporosis.
• Not getting enough protein could also be another problem of this type of diet, especially when “high quality protein” isn’t met, and particularly that only “Soy and quinoa” are present to provide all the essential amino acids to the body.
That’s why, play a trick and pair some kinds of foods such as rice and beans, peanut butter and rice cakes for a better health status. Stay Safe!