There are many reasons why many Australians decide to become vegan. These reasons include health (perhaps the most popular), religious convictions, concerns about animal welfare or the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock, or a desire to eat in a way that avoids excessive use of environmental resources. Some of us follow a largely vegetarian diet because they can’t afford to eat meat.
Nowadays, becoming vegan has become a more accessible and appealing option due to growth in farming resulting in more fresh products being produced and more vegetarian options. We have also experienced growth in the culinary influence of cultures with largely plant-based diets.
Before, people believe that being a vegan can lead someone to become nutritionally deficient. But in recent years, this belief has swung 180 degrees and several studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Today, eating only fruits and vegetable is recognised as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.
For health, it’s important to make sure that you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It’s also vital to replace saturated and trans fats with good fats, such as those found in nuts, olive oil, and canola oil.
Though there is still no concrete basis that being vegetarian can protect you against major diseases, one thing is for sure – vegans tend to consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins C and E, dietary fibre, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals. This means that they’re likely to have lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower body mass index.
However, becoming vegan is not for everybody. If you are one of some people who follow recommended guidelines on nutrition, requires a certain amount of fat consumption, or underweight control, becoming vegan is not right for you.
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