It’s a hot topic and January is a popular time of year for people to embark on a new eating regime, after over indulging during the festive period. Depending on your ‘thing’ the New Year can be the perfect time to lose weight cut back on carbs, meat or all animal products.
What is vegan?
Being vegan fundamentally means removing all animal products from your diet and lifestyle to help support the environment and animal welfare.
Vegan diet means:
- NO meat
- NO fish
- NO eggs
- NO dairy
- NO animal by-products
“The number of vegans in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2018, with 600,000 vegans in Great Britain in 2018” – Vegan Society
Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired and supported more than half a million people in 178 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond. They have worked with businesses to drive up vegan food provision in shops and restaurants, and have made veganism more visible and accessible through their work with national and international media.
As far as diet is concerned veganism has pros and cons…
Advantages of following a vegan diet
If you are trying to weigh up whether eating vegan style is something you’d like to try associated pros include:
- Eating more fruit, vegetables and other nutrient rich foods
- Consuming less calories – on average a vegan diet contains fewer calories
- No animals are harmed
- Reduced risks of certain health conditions (not all proven):
- type 2 diabetes
- certain cancers
- high blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Disadvantages of being on a vegan diet
On the flip side … what are the cons?
- Monitoring a lot of what you eat – it may be obvious that fruit and veg are vegan but a lot of processed foods can contain hidden animal products.
- FOMO – some people relate eating a vegan diet with depriving themselves – although these days there are a lot more vegan options and alternatives than what there used to be due to the rise in popularity of veganism
- Getting the correct amount of nutrients that your body requires to function healthily and correctly. Removing animal products from your diet can lead to a deficiency in:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
There are lots of free online resources regarding veganism so the best thing to do is spend some time researching before you embark on a new style of eating.
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