Commencing on a vegan diet means giving up of animal products and their derivatives as well which includes meat, eggs, dairy products. Although being vegan is a choice these days yet you must be aware of the potential effects of a vegan diet.
November 1st celebrates World Vegan Day #VeganDay as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society established on November, 1944. The Vegan Day promotes the benefits of vegan diet and veganism in general.
But lesser known fact is that such diet can make you deficient in Vitamin B12, which is naturally present in animal foods. Deficiency of this vitamin causes fatigue, memory loss, pallor, shortness of breath, tingling feet, constipation and weight loss. So, consult your doctor and take vitamin B12 supplements.
Another important component that gets compromised is Protein. Hence, make sure you include protein rich foods such as soy, quinoa, lentils, beans to make up for the loss. Soy becomes an important part of the vegan diet, yet there are conflicting studies about its benefits. Though research is still ongoing.
Why vegan diet is still considered?
- Potential benefits of going on such a diet means lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, clearer skin and better digestion.
- It can help lose excess weight.
- Reduces pain from Arthritis
- Meat substitutes are often full of preservatives and sodium which are hazardous to our health.
- Vegan diets are richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E
Despite the array of health benefits, planning a vegan diet is crucial! Poorly planned vegan diets will have adverse effects. Hence, base your diet around nutrient rich whole plants and fortified food (foods to which extra nutrients have been added).
P. S. Being a vegan means navigating food labels carefully. The food colours in your dessert may be derived from animal sources.
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