Becoming a Vegan is a choice that can have a dramatic impact on the type of food that someone eats, however anyone changing over to a Vegan lifestyle often finds that once they are clear about what they can and can’t eat it is actually quite a simple diet and lifestyle to stick to.
So why do people choose to become Vegans in the first place? One of the main reasons is for the health benefits they find the diet brings with it.
People are often amazed that soon after becoming Vegan certain ailments seem to miraculously disappear and many find that allergies they once had are no longer present, or conditions that they had such as Asthma, Migraines, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hay fever to name just a few don’t affect them anymore.
Other people who switch to becoming Vegan notice a remarkable shift in their energy levels and despite what many non-Vegans might think, many people who switch to the diet find they have a lot more energy than they used to have.
If you look at the fat levels in a number of animal products such as red meat, milk and eggs you can see that there is a large amount of saturated fat that naturally occurs in it. When you cut these foods out of your diet you are immediately cutting out saturated fats and saturated fat is a major cause of heart disease and obesity.
People who change to a Vegan diet often find by default that they are eating far more fruit and vegetables than they otherwise would have when they were non Vegans and so the great thing about this kind of diet is that it provides a large amount of fibre. Fibre is extremely important for bowel health and preventing bowel cancer whilst also meaning your body is more effective at transporting waste products and toxins out of your body.
Vegans tend to eat more nuts in order to get essential fats and protein, they have extraordinary health benefits as has been proven in studies over and over again. When these types of foods replace red meats and dairy products the risk of cardiovascular disease has been proven to be reduced.
Most Vegans find that they will lose weight as a result of their diet, it’s well known that being overweight is one of the leading causes of health issues in the western world. The fact that Vegans are generally a healthier weight will correspond with their likelihood to be healthier.
Cholesterol comes from animal products, so it is natural that when you cut animal products out of your diet you are completely cutting out cholesterol which is another major contributor to heart disease, and so eliminating this will lower the risks of getting heart disease.
Iron is something that is vital to a person’s diet and can be found in beans and green vegetables as well as meat. Many non Vegans believe that you can only get sufficient iron from foods such as red meat but this isn’t true as there is plenty of protein in beans and vegetables. In fact dairy products can actually inhibit the absorption of iron in the body, so the fact that Vegans cut out dairy means that they may be improving their chances of iron absorption.
It is clear to see that there are a number of health benefits that come from eating a Vegan diet, and for many Vegans just trying the diet for a certain period of time is enough to convert them forever.
Patrick Martin writes for Interglobal, an international health insurance provider who promote healthy living.