To celebrate World Vegan Day (yes, it’s today), we look at how ‘going vegan’ could improve your health.
Environmental concern, animal welfare and embracing a more healthy lifestyle are just three reasons for going vegan.
Banin Shahine, nutrition manager at Fitness First Middle East, shares six health benefits of going vegan.
Eat more whole foods
Getting rid of meat and dairy can help boost intake of whole foods and also encourage creativity in the kitchen.
A vegan diet pushes you to consume a wider variety of mineral and vitamin-packed fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Feel more energised
Processed foods and sugars can make you feel lethargic. Consuming whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats will significantly increase energy levels and lower feelings of stress.
Plant-based foods like bananas, brown rice, apples, edamame and leafy greens are great sources of energy boosting nutrients.
Reduce saturated fat
Saturated fat is present in animal products like meat and cheese. It increases cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease.
Shifting to a vegan diet will steadily lower saturated fat intake. Not only can a plant-based diet help with your cholesterol levels, but it can also decrease the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Embracing a vegan diet can significantly reduce painful migraine attacks. Cut down on chocolate and cheese and go for plant-based foods instead to eliminate migraine triggers.
Too much meat can harm body organs. Recent studies show that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of kidneys not functioning properly. Plant-based food is lighter and healthier and more beneficial for kidney and liver.