The Nutritional Benefits of Being a Vegan

The Nutritional Benefits of Being a Vegan

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All of the following nutritional benefits come from a vegan diet full of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products. And the removal of toxic substances found only in animal meat.

  1. Reduced saturated fats. Dairy products and meats contain a large amount of saturated fats. By reducing the amount of saturated fats from your diet, you’ll improve your health tremendously, especially when it comes to cardiovascular health.

  2. Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide energy for your body. When you don’t have enough carbohydrates, your body will burn muscle tissue. Don’t believe the low-carb diet fab. You need Carbohydrates to think. Without them you’ll be a skinny drone.

  3. Fiber. A diet high in fiber (especially found in fruits and vegetables) leads to healthier bowel movements. Keeping you feeling light and healthy. High fiber diets help fight against colon cancer.

  4. Magnesium. Aiding in the absorption of calcium, magnesium is an often overlooked vitamin in importance to a healthy diet. Nuts, seeds, and dark leafy greens are an excellent source of magnesium.

  5. Potassium. Potassium balances water and acidity in your body and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate toxins. Diets high in potassium have shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

  6. Folate. This B vitamin is an important part of a healthy diet. Folate helps with cell repair, generating red and white blood cells, and metabolizing amino acids. If you’re concerned about what you’ve heard regarding B-12, it’s as simple as taking supplement. The only essential supplement a vegan requires.

  7. Antioxidants. For protection against cell damage, antioxidants are one of the best ways to help your body. Many researchers also believe that antioxidants help protect your body against forming some types of cancer. They are rumoured to do wonders for you skin. Making you beautiful from the organs out.

  8. Vitamin C. Besides boosting your immune system, Vitamin C also helps keep your gums healthy and helps your bruises heal faster. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant.

  9. Vitamin E. This powerful vitamin has benefits for your heart, skin, eyes, brain, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. A diet high in grains, nuts, and dark leafy greens is full of Vitamin E.

  10. Phytochemicals. Plant-based foods provide phytochemicals, which help to prevent and heal the body from cancer, boost protective enzymes, and work with antioxidants in the body.

  11. Protein. That protein is good for your body is no surprise. It may be a surprise to learn that most Americans eat too much protein and in forms such as red meat that are not healthy ways of getting protein. If you too roll your eyes every time you hear the absurd question, “Where do you get your protein?” you know that they don’t know where the best sources of heart healthy protein is. Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, and soy products are all great ways to get the right amount of protein. It’s not difficult is much more varied.

About the author

Matt Beedle
Hi! I'm and I've been a vegan for 2 years. I switched to a plant based diet after getting sick with Sarcoidosis while working 16 hour days for several years building a startup. Although health was the original motivation, after learning about the terrible way the meat industry works and extreme damage it causes to the environment I've never looked back. I co-founded Vegan.io to make it as easy as possible for other people to switch to a vegan diet.

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