Are you in the midst of thought how a vegan or vegetarian diet can make a person healthy and fit?
You are not alone.
Being a non-vegetarian, even I got a little nudge. I could not stop finding the truth and delved into the facts to know more about the veganism. What I found is surprisingly well-documented truth about vegan and vegetarian diet which could be possible for many reasons.
You know very well, switching your diet will be difficult since you have been taking this for a long period of time. But I believe there is a way to switch your diet if you pay more attention to it.
Today, a vegan or vegetarian diet is no more strange talking. The plant-based foods are trending in the world and very popular.
Why because this vegan diet contains multi-beneficial factors and there are possibilities that this can make you healthy and fit for a prolonged period of time. If you really want good health and live longer, then vegan or vegetarian is the option.
Researchers have found a well balanced vegan diet with micronutrient properties like protein, carbohydrate, vitamin, minerals, and water is the new hook for your well-being.
Many experts in the nutritional diet confirm that it may possible for vegan or vegetarian to receive an equal amount of protein from the plant-based food.
According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), well planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. Total vegetarian or vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Today more people are interested to switch their diet and going vegan or vegetarian.
Many experts believe that Vegan or vegetarian diets can reduce blood sugar level in the body and controls diabetes.
But there are other disadvantages for going vegan or vegetarian diet is lack of sufficient vitamin B12 or iron properties in plant-based food. Experts and nutritionists say that it is better for people to take supplementary foods for the daily requirement of Vitamin B12, iron, and omega-3.
Here I want to tweak your attention and take you to the story of my own father who was a vegetarian. The term for this diet he used to tell us was Satvikk Food (in English righteous food).
I was curious to know about the diet that my father was taking. When I checked later and found the Satvikk food that he was talking was nothing but Lacto-vegetarian diet.
Actually, Lacto-vegetarian is a person who takes dairy products and excludes eggs. The interesting fact is that my father did not have any major illnesses in his entire life as far as I know. He used to ride a bicycle until 100 years of his age. He was the inspiration for all of us in the family and local communities.
There are four types of Vegan or vegetarian diet followers in the world. These diets are distinguished as the following categories:
Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: This type of diet includes eggs and dairy products.
Lacto-vegetarian: This type of diet excludes eggs, but includes dairy products.
Ovo-vegetarian: This type of diet includes dairy products, but excludes eggs.
Vegan: This type of diet excludes both eggs and dairy products.
You can choose the diet that suits you best.
Today, people are interested in going vegan or vegetarian diet is increasing in many countries. Especially, millennials from Asian countries and Europe are showing interest in vegan or vegetarian diets. According to a popular blog site, vegetariantimes.com says around 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian.
Popular hotels and restaurants in most of the countries have their vegan menu to serve.
Reading this data shows that a vegan or vegetarian diet is undoubtedly is the best option to follow the diet and become healthy.
There are other certain reasons that a person become vegan or vegetarian based on the following principles:
Ethical: If you see through the moral point of view, each and every living creatures on the planet has the right to live free. Its a philosophy about right or wrong. The person who thinks the cruelty against the animal is wrong, he/she never accepts eating animal products because behind all animal products there are some inhuman activities.
Religion: Some religions in the world do not entertain any killing and eating animal products. They strictly follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Health: This plays a major role in going vegan or vegetarian. According to WHO (World Health Organization) report ischemic heart disease is the topmost cause of death in the world. Ischemic heart disease is the accumulation of fat deposit in the artery restricting blood to flow. Many experts say that a plant-based diet helps good fat HDL to increase and controls the bad fat LDL and VLDL. Plant-based foods are good and healthy for many other major illnesses.
Environmental: Popular website independent.co.uk says veganism is “single most biggest way” to reduce our environmental impact on the planet, study finds. Studies are found that animal agriculture businesses release more greenhouse gases than other factors which affect the planet more. Researchers have also found that more animal killing would lead the acidification and dead zones in the ocean resulting lack of oxygen for sea animals. It is said that we could reduce all the impact that our beautiful planet is receiving by accepting a Vegan or vegetarian diet.
I think this all about attention that you need to heed for the benefit of the planet and your health.
Switching your diet is also not an easy task as it may hurt you mentally, emotionally, religiously. Its all up to you how well you decide. This is not a magic that shows you some miracles over the night. It is a gradual process and may change some down the line in the future.
I can only tell that its the education and knowledge of how you take the best way forward for switching your diet.
Disclaimer: The above-given article is not for any advice. This is solely for my interest in the subject. If you really need any advice regarding the same, please contact your nutritionist or doctor or get better knowledge from other related sources.