6 Reasons Why Going Vegan Is The Current Move

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6 Reasons Why Going Vegan Is The Current Move

Brianna Weed, Staff writer

Vegan… what does that mean? Being vegan means you don’t eat dairy or meat, no eating anything from animals. More and more people are choosing to choose a vegan lifestyle! Starting a new diet can be very hard when you know nothing about it. Some people believe that going vegan is bad for you, but that is not the case at all! Here are some reasons on why going vegan is the biggest move right now! 

  1. Richer in Certain Nutrients– Several studies have shown that vegan diets tend to provide way more Fiber, Antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds to the human body. Vegans’ bodies are also richer in potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins A, C & E. Poorly planned out vegan diets can lead to insufficient amounts of essential fatty acids, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Iodine, and Zinc, so when you are planning out your vegan meals it’s best to stay far away from the fast-food vegan options. Always base your diet on fortified foods and nutrient-rich whole plants and consider a B12 supplement.
  2. Lose Excess Weight– Another reason that people become vegan is to lose excess weight. Many studies have shown that vegans are usually thinner and have a lower body mass index than people who are non-vegan. People who become vegan lose more weight than those who follow calorie-restricted diets, even eating until they are full. Even when vegans don’t follow their diet they are still losing more weight than the people on a standard “western” diet.
  3. Lower Blood Sugar Levels & Improved Kidney Function– Becoming vegan has benefits for Type 2 Diabetes and declining kidney function. Vegans have lower blood sugar levels, higher insulin sensitivity, and up to a 50-78% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that vegan diets lower blood sugar levels in diabetics more than the diets from the American Diabetes Association, the American heart association, and the National Cholesterol Education Program. In a study done, 43% of the participants on a vegan diet were able to reduce their dosage of blood-sugar-lowering medication while being compared to the 26% of people that followed an ADA-recommended diet. Another study reported that the diabetics who substitute meat for plant protein may reduce their risk of poor kidney function. A final study showed that the vegan diet can also provide complete relief of systemic Distal Polyneuropathy symptoms – a condition in diabetics that causes sharp, burning pain.
  4. May Protect Against Certain Cancers – The World Health Organization has stated that about one-third of all cancers can be prevented by factors within your control, including diet. For example, eating legumes regularly may reduce your risk of Colorectal Cancer by about 9-18%. Another piece of research showed that eating at least seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15%. Vegans diets usually contain more soy products, which can offer some protection against Breast Cancer. Also avoiding certain animal products may also help reduce the risk of Prostate, Breast, and Colon Cancers. All of these are very important, but it is impossible to pinpoint the exact reason why vegans have a lower risk of cancer.
  5. Linked to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease – Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fiber is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, which is eaten in large amounts in a well planned vegan diet. People with a vegan diet have a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure & 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease. Also compared to the general population, vegans also tend to consume more whole grains and nuts, both which are very good for your heart.
  6. Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis – Multiple studies have shown that a vegan diet has positive effects for people with different types of arthritis. A group of people changed their diet to 100% vegan for 6 weeks and everyone reported higher energy levels and felt better general functioning than the ones who were not on a vegan diet. The people showed an amazing improvement in symptoms such as pain, joint swelling, and morning stiffness.

So besides saving the planet and animals, you can also save and benefit your body! There a million reasons on why going vegan is so good for you and truly and very important diet. I strongly recommend the vegan diet to EVERYONE! Going vegan seems hard, but take it slow and cut out just meat or dairy first or don’t cut out both and just cut both and meat in half, or go all out and cut out both 100%! Either way it will put you onto the amazing track of getting 100% vegan! Becoming vegan is very common right now. More and more vegan stores, cafes, restaurants have been added all over and vegan options are being added to almost every restaurant’s menu! Even many celebrities are liking this vegan lifestyle, like the kardashians. Oh, and Disneyland even has vegan options at almost every food place and there are many instagram accounts that even post all of Disneyland’s vegan foods! So you can keep up with your vegan diet just about everywhere! I definitely think everyone should consider a vegan diet and I strongly believe that being vegan way healthier than any other diet! Lets stop eating animals!

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