How Healthy is Vegan Diet?

Vegan diets are growing in popularity. Everyday more people are switching their diet to veganism, either for health benefits or simply for their personal and societal beliefs.

Many people have started to care deeply about our environment and the welfare of animals, making them switch to plant-based diets. A vegan diet excludes all animal-based products and their by-products from a person's daily diet, including meat, dairy, and eggs. When followed correctly, a plant-based diet can be highly nutritious, reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol to name a few, and aid in weight loss. Let’s look at some of the benefits this super nutritious and healthy diet provides:

Promotes Heart Health

Vegan diets, when planned correctly, comprise of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, beans, pulses, and lots of fibre. All these foods are linked to lower blood pressure in the long run, increase the presence of good cholesterol (HDL), and decrease the production of bad cholesterol (LDL), thus promoting heart health.

Manages Blood Sugar Levels

Going vegan also helps people who have type 2 diabetes. Consuming low Glycemic Index foods in combination with a vegan diet has helped many people to get their blood sugar levels under control and improve pancreatic function.

Helps in Weight Loss

Many people are turning to plant-based diets to reduce their weight. This is one of the good reasons to switch to veganism. Vegan diets naturally tend to reduce your calorie intake, thus putting you in a calorie deficit by reducing the amounts of fats one consumes from animal-based products. Also, people who have turned vegan consume more fresh produce in comparison to people who are omnivorous, making their diet rich in essential nutrients and fibre. This makes this diet an effective weight-loss tool for people who are looking to shed extra pounds in a healthy and sustainable manner.

Helps to Manage Arthritis

Plant-Based diets are rich in probiotic whole foods that may significantly decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and helps with pain management, joint swelling, and morning stiffness, by reducing the overall inflammation in the body.

Improves Gut Health

A vegan diet is rich in many anti-inflammatory and prebiotic foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, and olive oil which helps to create a healthy gut microbiome and in turn helps to relieve various gut-related issues.

Although Plant-Based Diets include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lentils, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, people following this kind of diet should, however, be very careful to get key nutrients that people usually get by consuming an animal-based diet

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Aakriti Arora

Nutritionist Aakriti Arora is one of the few USA certified nutritionists practicing in New Delhi, India. She has completed her graduation with Honours from the University of Del.... Read More..

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