There are various potential advantages to adopting a vegan diet, ranging from major health considerations all the way down to simple financial considerations.
Here’s a look at some of the advantages of following a vegan diet:
Veganism can help you to lose weight
Animal products are notoriously higher in calories. 100 grams of beef contains about 250 calories while 100 grams of butter contains an incredible 717 calories. For those who want to shift the pounds without starving themselves, a vegan diet can be a great way of going about this.
As vegan foods are far less calorically dense on the whole, you’ll be able to eat until bursting point at every meal without necessarily taking in a massive surplus of calories. On the other hand, if you wanted to do the same at a steakhouse, you could potentially exceed your recommended daily calorie intake in an hour or two.
The weight loss benefits aren’t just limited to eating less calorically dense food, either. One 2015 review of studies on vegetarian and vegan diets found that vegetarians and vegans were able to lose significantly more weight in the short term than meat eaters. This is likely due in part to foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits which are rich in fibre, antioxidants and minerals, and low scoring on the glycaemic index – a great combination for fat loss.
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Veganism may improve your heart health
A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegans had a 26% lower rate of death from coronary artery disease (a condition where the arteries are blocked, often due to a build-up of fatty plaque) than meat eaters.
As a vegan diet also tends to be associated with lower overall body fat, the risk factor for heart disease would seem to be reduced even further. Obesity is known to be directly linked to higher overall risk of heart disease.
Veganism saves you money
There’s no getting around the simple fact that meat is one of the most expensive foodstuffs you can buy, regardless of where you live. Vegetables, on the other hand, tend to be reasonably cheap and of course, saving money on the groceries is never a bad thing.
One study published in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition estimated that American vegetarians would spend an average of $746.6 per year on groceries less than their meat-eating counterparts.
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