The Vegan diet also known also known as the Vegetarian diet (in some contexts) refers to the consumption of plant based foods such as grains, fruits and vegetables and the restriction or complete elimination of animal produce i.e. Meat, Eggs and Diary from diet.
The Vegan diet is a highly controversial one as many of the supporters of this lifestyle believe in a cruelty-free existence for animals. On the other hand, opposers of this theory are of the opinion that some nutrients can only be derived from the consumption of animal produce and if livestock is reared for consumption, why not consume it?
Some notable vegans/vegetarians include: Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mahatma Ghandi, Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, Alicia Silverstone and more recently, Beyonce and JayZ.
We do not endorse or oppose the choice of completely eliminating animal products from your diet. However, here are 7 objective reasons you should consider before you make the switch.
1. Healthy Skin and Hair: plant based foods such as carrots, avocados, mangos and plant based oils such as coconut, olive etc are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals great for achieving perfect hair, skin and nails.
The Vegan diet is also linked to good sleep patterns and increased energy levels.
2. Elimination of Halitosis and Body Odor: eliminating meat and diary products from diets significantly reduce mouth and body odor. NB. please go easy on the garlic as it can seep into skin, causing more unpleasant smells.
3. Leaner bodies: the elimination of saturated fats and hormones contained in an animal based diet aids in weight loss and balance.
A study conducted from 1986-1992 by Dean Ornish of Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Carlifornia after testing on overweight American subjects showed that they lost an average of 24 pounds a year on a strict vegan diet and kept the weight off 5 years later.
4. Longer life: According to researchers, people that live on clean vegetarian diets live 4-6 years longer than their meat eating counterparts.
Residents of Okinawa in Japan live on unrefined complex carbs, fibre rich fruits and veggies and soy have been proven to have the highest life expectancy in the world.
5. Reduced allergies: an alternative diet for individuals that are allergic to animal based foods. Soymilk is a great substitute for diary for lacto- intolerance.
6. Lower risk of cancer and other diseases: embracing a vegan diet significantly reduces the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes , cataracts, macular degeneration, arthritis, osteoporosis, and many other diseases. The vegetarian diet is healthful as practitioners consume less animal fat and cholesterol and more fibre and antioxidant rich foods.
7. Lower Blood Pressure: Vegan diets are naturally low in fat and sodium, which aids in reducing blood pressure and improving circulation.
Other benefits include:
-reduced PMS symptoms
-money saving benefits
P.S. Should becoming a Vegan is too unrealistic for your lifestyle, choose lacto-vegetarianism which allows the inclusion of eggs and diary in your diet.