The word “vegan” has been in trend since some years ago, with its health benefits inspiring many to go vegan. Veganism is not a diet concern alone but instead, it is a way of life that promotes abstaining from using all products that were made by harming animals in some way.
What Are The Health Benefits Of A Vegan Diet?
A vegan diet helps reverse various medical conditions to some extent. Here are some of the health benefits of a vegan diet:
Improved Heart Health
Animal foods like meat, cheese and dairy are rich sources of saturated fats. eating more of these saturated fats can raise our blood cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of many health issues like heart disease and stroke. Plant foods are rich sources of fiber that has a positive impact on heart health. Most animal foods have poor fiber content. Vegan diets are often less calorically dense than diets with more animal foods.
Lower Cancer Risk
Plant foods are rich in vitamins, fibers and phytochemicals-biologically active compounds that are known to offer protection against cancers.
Researches into the relationship between cancer risk and diets have offered mixed results. However, the International Agency for Cancer Research has reported that red meat could be carcinogenic by citing research that associated red meat with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. This means that eliminating red meat and processed meats from your diet could help bring down the risk of developing cancer.
It is commonly observed that people on a vegan diet tend to have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) when compared to people following other diets.
According to a 2015 study, vegan diets were more effective in promoting healthy weight loss than omnivorous, pseudo-vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets.
Many animal foods are calorically-dense and replacing them with plant foods with help in weight management.
Lower Diabetes Risk
According to a 2019 review, a plant-based diet could help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes can help lower blood sugar levels.
The diet you have chosen may not necessarily be healthy merely because it is plant-based because processed foods are still unhealthy even if they are plant-based. So take enough care to avoid highly processed foods.