Right now, more people than ever before are making the decision to switch to a vegan diet. Some for ethical reasons, others simply because vegan diets can be healthy. And as this coming January is Veganuary, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share just a few of the benefits of vegetarianism.
In the meantime, you might find the following five benefits of vegan diets food for thought:
First up, vegan diets that are high in potassium and low in fat can have a beneficial effect on cholesterol, blood pressure and general heart health. Which in turn significantly reduces heart attack and stroke risk. Fruits, vegetable and whole grains have been proven time and time again as simply fantastic for heart health. Three food groups that form the foundation of most vegetarian and vegan diets.
It’s estimated that around 60% of all cases of cancer could have been prevented, simply by living a healthier lifestyle. Fruits, vegetables and cereal are packed with not only essential vitamins and minerals, but the antioxidants and dietary fibre the body depends on. A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains has been linked with a lower overall cancer risk throughout life. Particularly when centred around vegetables with the highest antioxidant content, including cabbage, kale, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, garlic and so on.
The human digestive system is built to deal with certain foods better than others. Suffice to say, fruits and vegetables top the positive side of the table. Meat, by contrast, can be more problematic for the body to handle. In turn, plant-based diets tend to promote better overall good health and an efficient digestive system. What’s more, fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut help load your body with the kind of good bacteria that can make a real difference to gut health.
A healthy, controlled diet can be the best preventative measure against type 2 diabetes. For those who already have the condition, vegan diets are known to increase insulin sensitivity significantly, making it easier to keep blood sugar levels under control. Plant-based diets in general are considered preferable for those required to carefully manage blood sugar levels on an on-going basis.
Last but not least, the benefits of vegan diets are far from confined to what goes on inside. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables actively contribute to healthy skin, hair and nails too. Which means that with greater focus on healthy eating by upping your intake of fruits and vegetables, it won’t be long before you can see the results, right before your eyes!
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