Are You Raring To Go On A Vegan Diet (Or Are Already On One)?
Well then, you are among a rapidly growing number of Americans who are embracing a vegan diet. A recent study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group revealed that
approximately five percent of the U.S. have adopted vegetarian diets. Nearly half of these individuals follow vegan diets….[They] also found that the one percent of the U.S. that identified as vegan in 2009, increased to 2.5 percent in 2012.
A vegan diet has now been proven to be a healthy way to eat and live. In fact, studies have shown that
Eating animal fats and proteins has been shown in studies to raise a person’s risk of developing cancer, diabetes,rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and a number of other illnesses and conditions. The fat and protein content of cow’s milk is very different from human milk – vegans say that we are not designed for consuming cow’s milk.
Men with early stage prostate cancer who make intensive changes in diet and lifestyle may stop or perhaps even reverse the progression of their illness, according to one study published in the Journal of Urology.
Vegans & Vegetarians Live Longer, Studies Show
Yes, many studies have shown this to be true – vegans and vegetarians live longer (about 8 years longer).
Heart disease is our leading cause of death. The 35-year follow-up of the Harvard Nurses Health Study was recently published, now the most definitive long-term study on older women’s health. Dietary cholesterol intake — only found in animal foods —was associated with living a significantly shorter life and fiber intake — only found in plant foods — was associated with living a significantly longer life. Consuming the amount of cholesterol found in just a single egg a day may cut a woman’s life short as much as smoking five cigarettes daily for 15 years, whereas eating a daily cup of oatmeal’s worth of fiber appears to extend a woman’s life as much as four hours of jogging a week. (But there’s no reason we can’t do both!) — Source
Abundant Delicious Choices On A Vegan Diet
And if you thought vegans live a spartan, fun-less diet, think again. Check this out:
Here is a comprehensive list of what I ate, in one form or another, on the day I wrote this:
Kale, mustard greens, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, quinoa, amaranth, pinto beans, beets, parsnips, turnips, yellow peas, brown rice, kimchi, purple cabbage, butternut squash, blueberries, a banana, hemp seeds, flaxseed oil, snap peas, an apple, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pistachio nuts, garlic, broccoli, raisins, granola, avocado, polenta, salsa, a few saltines, a piece of raisin toast with apricot jam, tofu, coffee, olive oil, harisa, chickpeas, tomatoes, a small handful of chocolate chips, a couple of beers … and a vitamin. — Source
Mouthwatering and nourishing, right? Now granted you and i are not going to be eating this kind of veganly feast every day, but you can see the possibilities!
Personal Experiences With A Vegan Diet Are Equally Promising
For me, the most persuasive evidence supporting a healthy vegan diet is anecdotal. The vegans who frequent Casa de Luz, my breakfast (and often lunch) destination, are paragons of good health. Many of them are significantly older than I am — in their 50s, 60s, and 70s — but they rock on with glowing intensity, looking much younger (in some cases by 20 years) than they are. Every now and then a local vegan hero will drop in — John Mackey (founder of Whole Foods), Rip Esselstyn (pioneer of the Engine 2 diet), a noted musician who will remain unnamed — and we’ll gawk in admiration. The everyday reality, though, is that a dozen or so ordinary people with whom I eat have done extraordinary things as a direct result of intelligent veganism. They’ve conquered obesity, chronic disease, depression, and a host of food-related disorders by exclusively eating an exciting diversity of plants. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned by eating with seasoned vegans it is this: the diet empowers. – Source
B-12 Deficiencies On A Vegan Diet
Yes, these are real, you can become deficient in B-12 if you follow a strictly vegan diet. In this case, the problem is easily resolved, simply ask your doctor to recommend a good B-12 supplement.
So there, if you are already vegan, good going! If you are not, you can give it a try, seeing how healthful it can be. Many meat-eaters try to limit their meat intake to maybe 4 times a week, so that’s another way to go.
In any case, a vegan diet can be healthful, fulfilling and delicious! Besides all natural fruits and vegetables, there are a ton of vegan foods that you can add to your diet. What’s your experience been, let us know below in the comments.
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