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Is there a benefit in eating a vegan diet?

Is there a benefit in eating a vegan diet?

Veganism is a growing trend. In the past ten years, it’s grown 350%. The trend is largely being led by Millennials.

There are many reasons for the move to plant-based diets. Ethical reasons, a desire to eat a more sustainable diet, health and fitness, and even cost.

So now it’s ‘trendy’, can we say that veganism is better for us than vegetarianism or remaining a carnivore?

There’s not really a clear cut answer to this. Yes, you can be a very healthy vegan, but you could also eat crisps and snacks which are unhealthy. Just because something claims to be vegan on the label, does not necessarily make it healthy.

A diet rich in vegetables and fruit, nuts and pulses can be very healthy indeed, due to low amounts of saturated fat – mainly from cutting out butter, cream and cheese. But vegans also need to get additional vitamin B12, which is found in animal products, as well as calcium, iron and zinc, so it’s important they ensure they get enough of this in their diets.

It’s also important on a vegan diet to ensure enough calories are consumed. Extra calories can come from beans, peas, nuts, tofu, and tempeh. To get enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids it may be worth taking supplements.

There is evidence to suggest that too much red meat contributes to some cancers, so vegans are eliminating this risk.

Overall vegans have incredibly healthy diets. Veganism requires thought and planning, so vegans tend to take more time considering their diet and looking after themselves. It’s important to remember however that deficiencies are entirely possible and must be managed properly.

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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