The Benefits Of A Vegan Diet

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A vegan diet is one that consists of all organic plant matter. Not only is being a vegetarian a diet, it is a lifestyle as well. Not only do vegans not eat any animal products, they also don't use anything that is made from animal products. This would include things like clothing, food and beverages.

Many people turn to a vegan diet for moral and ethical reasons. Their main concern is the treatment of the animals that are being raised and processed for their food. This is not the only reason for veganism, however. Some people become vegans for spiritual or religious reasons, but the main reason is factory farming and animal testing.

A vegan is a step above being a vegetarian. A vegetarian will use some animal products such as milks and cheeses. They may wear products such as leather and may use makeup that contains animal fats. Vegans follow a more strict lifestyle.

Many people think that just because a vegan diet does not contain the essential vitamins that meats have to offer that it is an unhealthy lifestyle. This is untrue, however. If the diet is properly planned and executed, they cannot only satisfy the palate, but can also satisfy nutritional needs.

Some main concerns are the lower levels of calcium, vitamins B & D and iodine. The best way to counter these concerns is to take a daily supplement that contains these essential nutrients. However, for the vegan it is important to choose supplements that don't contain any animal byproducts.

Some studies have shown that in some cases among adolescents veganism can be used to mask eating disorders. They do not, however, state that veganism leads to eating disorders. It is suggested that in the cases of a youth deciding on a vegan diet, it is important for the parents to be involved fully the entire time. It is important to know what your children are eating and what they are not eating.

There are similar diets such as raw veganism and fruitarianism. Raw veganism consists of a diet with no animal products, such as the traditional vegan, but they also don't eat foods cooked above one hundred eighteen degrees Fahrenheit. The diet consists of raw nuts, fruits and vegetables, herbs and fruit juices. However, sometimes the vegan whose diet consists of at least seventy-five percent raw products is considered a raw vegan.

The fruitarianism vegan diet is probably one of the smallest niche groups of vegans. As the name entails, the main ingredients in this diet are fruits along with nuts and seeds, grains and vegetables. As with the raw vegans, people who consume fruit as seventy-five percent or more of their diet are considered fruitarians.

Unlike these smaller niche groups, the vegan diet can have great health benefits if maintained properly. For people living outside the U. S., most cuisines are set up for the vegan. Products like tofu, tempeh and seitan are common ingredients in many East Asian diets. Common cow milk is now being replaced by soymilks and eggs are being replaced by applesauce as a starch in cooking. All of this information just goes to show that those who choose and maintain a properly balanced healthy vegan diet can live a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.

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