Have you ever considered cutting out meat from your diet? There are thousands of vegans and vegetarians that are happy and healthy lives, with more people choosing to opt for a plant based diet every day.
As a population group there has been studies conducted that show case non-meat eaters to be more health conscious than meat eaters. This doesn’t mean that one choice is better than the other as each individual needs to make the choice based on their own health needs and personal beliefs.
A vegetarian diet restricts the consumption of animals, which means you don’t eat meat but you may eat other animal products such as eggs or dairy. Vegan diets are the most restrictive of vegetarian styles of eating, with the consumption of no animal products or by products what so ever.
What are some health benefits of choosing a vegetarian or vegan diet
Let’s take a look at the benefits of eating a vegan diet compared to other diets.
- You may see you have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI)
- You may have a lower waist circumference
- You may become more physically active than meat eaters
- You will likely need to utilise nutritional supplements
- Could have a higher fibre intake
- Could have a higher magnesium intake
- Lower intake of saturated fat, with the average daily intake of saturated fat for a vegan being 21g compared to 54g for omnivores
- Consume more fruit, more vegetables and more whole grains than meat eaters
- Lower cholesterol and saturated fat intake
- Higher polyunsaturated fat intake
- Sodium intake is half that of a meat eater
- A well planned Vegan diet contains “living foods” such as fermented foods, germinated seeds,and sprouted grains. These foods positively contribute to the gut microbiome and have been shown to lessen risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Diet can be higher in antioxidants due to higher intake of fruits and berries.
- Raw vegan diets can improve pain and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis.
- Studies on vegetarian populations show they smoke less and drink less alcohol than omnivores.
- Vegan diet improves resting metabolic rate
- Increased thermic effect of food
- When looking at a diet to help weight loss, a vegan diet has significant greater weight loss than other diets, especially when linked with a support group.
- Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes as it improves insulin signalling.
- Protective against bowel cancer.
- Lessens impact on the environment
- Improves animal welfare
You can now select “Vegan” when organising your 28 Day Challenge meal plans
Are you thinking of joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and wondering about whether there are plenty of vegan options?