Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why Be A Vegan?

Many people become vegan because of animal rights or environmental concerns. While there's no data on vegan diets, one study found that vegetarian diets used 2.9 times less water and 2.5 times less energy in food production than a diet containing meat and poultry. Others choose veganism for the health benefits. Reserach has suggested that vegans tend to be at healthier weights, with lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure than meat eaters - and some studies show that vegan diets may reduce the risk of diabetes and certain types of cancer. Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Diet went vegan after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2003. " My weight came into balance, my skin got better, and my cholesterol dropped. I haven't had a cold in eight years."

These benefits make sense when you consider that vegans generally eat less of the harmful stuff the rest of us ingest (saturated fat and cholesterol) and more of what's healthy like fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins E and C. But the key word here is generally. Being vegan can be healthy, but it is not automatically so. It's a matter of nutritional balance. Many people who cut animal foods from their diet end up tired, hungry and deficient in things like protein and iron. Vegans need to pay extra attention to what they're eating to make sure they're getting enough nutrients.

Source: Glamour

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