1. You body will thank you!
Studies have suggested that a vegan diet lowers one’s risk for heart disease, obesity, type II diabetes, and some cancers.
Vegans consume less saturated fats and cholesterol, which directly influence one’s risk for cardiovascular disease. Additionally vegans are more likely to consume greater amounts of whole grains, soy, and nuts, all of which contain properties that maintain heart health.
A very small percentage of Americans are vegan, so it can be difficult to find the necessary means for maintaining a balanced diet when adopting a vegan lifestyle. That is why proper planning is necessary to ensure that all the necessary nutrients are being obtained. However, proper vegan diets tend to be lower in fatty foods, and higher in fiber. This means vegans are more likely to avoid obesity and type II diabetes.
In addition to being high in fiber, vegan diets also tend to be higher in micronutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that may lower the risk of cancer by interfering with several cellular processes that facilitate the development of cancer cells.
2. The Earth will smile upon you!
There are many ethical reasons people choose to adopt a vegan lifestyle. It takes an incredible amount of resources to sustain the industries that are responsible for the production of animal products. Additionally, animals raised in the meat industry are severely mistreated and necessary living conditions are often overlooked. So, many of those who choose to become vegan do so in order to support the environment and/or to promote the proper treatment of animals.
3. You will look good!
Studies suggest that vegans tend to be thinner! If you are looking to lose weight in a sustainable manner, adopting a vegan lifestyle is a great way to shed unwanted pounds and promote great health! Furthermore, many elite athletes are going vegan these days as plant-based diets are great fuel for highly active lifestyles.
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Craig, Winston J (2009). Health effects of vegan diets. American Society for Clinical Nutrition