Vegan Diet - For Health, Ethics and Environmental Concerns
Why all the buzz about vegan diet? Find out the benefits of this plant-based diet, and learn how to incorporate vegan foods and techniques into your own lifestyle. This healthy diet consists of grains, Legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits.
There are many reasons for becoming vegan. It is a highly personal and individual decision to make. But in a survey conducted on behalf of The Vegetarian Society the majority of people said that they gave up meat, dairy and fish because of the ethical reasons.
With the growing awareness of the importance of healthy food, many people are also becoming vegan because it matches the kind of low fat, high fiber diet recommended by dietitians and doctors.
Concern about the environment is another factor as people become more aware of the effect raising animals for their meat is having on the environment. Or you may be concerned about wasting world food resources by using land to raise animals for meat instead of growing crops that can feed more people directly.
Benefits of Plant based foods
• Help to prevent harmful health problems (heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc.)
• Eating a balanced diet based on foods that are high in nutrition
• Help to prevent harm to animals
• Help the cultivation of our environment (farming our land in order to harvest crops)
Vegans have been reported to have lower body mass indices than non-vegans, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegans also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.— The American Dietetic Association, Journal of the ADA, June 2003, Vol. 103, No. 6
Whether you see it as a lifestyle choice, a 'religion' or simply a nutritional choice, veganism is an exciting and beautiful concept.