What is a Vegan? A Straightforward Definition
Eat beans not beings
By Techno Trace - October 25, 2021 - In Blog, Health
For many reasons, people go vegan. Some of those are
- For love and compassion towards animal
- Health reason
- Environmental reason
- To reduce world hunger
- To save rainforest
- To stop climate change
and so on.
A team of researchers at Loma Linda University in the United States has shown vegetarian men live for an average of 10 years longer than non-vegetarian men — 83 years compared to 73 years. For women, being vegetarian added an extra 6 years to their lives, helping them reach 85 years on average.
Vegan vs plant-based
First, you need to understand the difference between vegan and plant-based diets. Veganism is a lifestyle where people condemn eating anything that comes from animals, they refuse to wear everything that belongs to the animals, like silk, wool, fur, and leather. Ethical vegan means, people who don't visit the zoo and circus and don't ride any animals. They also refuse to use any product which is tested on animals and is not vegan.
On the other hand, plant-based is just a diet, not a lifestyle or ideology. People become vegan for ethical reasons and the reason behind going plant-based is just health. Except for the diet part, plant-based people are the same as vegans.
Veganism is an ideology, plant-based is just a diet.
Vegan vs vegetarian
A lot of people get confused between being vegan and being a vegetarian. Every vegan is a vegetarian but every vegetarian is not a vegan.
Except for the ideology and ethical part, in the diet also there is a huge difference between veganism and vegetarianism.
Veganism means consuming plants only. Vegetarians can be anything like Ivo vegetarian, egalitarian.
They can add eggs and fish to their diet which is strictly prohibited in vegan diets. Another big part that differentiates both diets is milk.
Vegetarians consume dairy, however, lactose intolerant vegetarians don't consume it. But vegans never consume dairy, rather they consume plant-based milk like coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, cashew milk, almond milk, and so on.
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Legumes such as peas, beans, and lentils.
- Nuts and seeds.
- Bread, rice, and pasta.
- Dairy alternatives such as soymilk, coconut milk, and almond milk.
- Vegetable oils.
Other than these versatile plant foods, these days you will find every alternative of non-vegan food, even meat. Yes, you heard that right, plenty of plant-based meat is available in the market and online which is becoming popular. Even some dairy alternatives are there like tofu and dark chocolates. Even with a vegan diet, you won't miss the taste, the only thing you'll miss is some deadly diseases and climate change.
Do vegans live longer
A researcher at Loma Linda University in California wanted to find out if people who eat plant foods live longer than meat-eaters. The study also indicates that, in general, vegans are 30 pounds leaner as well as five units lighter on the BMI scale and less insulin resistant than meat-eaters.
Countless other studies have shown that vegans tend to weigh less and are less likely to suffer from common chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Vegan foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. They contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals and all the essential nutrients that the human body needs.
Non-Vegan foods are high in artery-clogging cholesterol, saturated fat, and calories. They don’t contain fiber or various vitamins and have been linked to at least nine diseases. The hormones, toxins, and antibiotics found in animal-based foods are also linked to a variety of health problems.
Reasons to go vegan
Many vegans choose the diet for its health benefits.
Advocates of plant-based eating say vegans typically have lower levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, a lower body mass index, and a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer. A vegan diet can offer many health benefits, including better heart health, weight loss, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Research also suggests that vegan diets are better for the environment.
- Promote weight loss.
- Reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels.
- Lower your chances of getting certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer.
- Manage diabetes by lowering A1C levels.
Except for health reasons, people go vegan for climate change and compassion. Because they believe,
- Eating meat supports cruelty to animals.
- Helping animals also helps the global poor.
- Animal agriculture is disastrous for the environment.
- Killing animals promotes violence, not global peace.
- If you wouldn't eat a dog, you shouldn't eat a hog.
So, Be Healthier and Happier. Go vegan.
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