What happens to your body when you choose veganism
Veganism is quite modern today but it’s a stricter form of a diet than vegetarianism. When you are a vegan, you refuse to eat food that is in any way related to animals. So this diet is very controversial and only brave and determined people choose it. Why? The reason may be various - you are either concerned about animals and their treatment or you think that veganism must be really healthy and will help you lose some weight. It’s time to confront all the convictions about veganism and determine what is true or not and also what is the influence of veganism on your health.
Veganism doesn’t provide you with enough protein
NOT TRUE! Well, it is true that plant protein is less nutritious than animal protein because animal protein consists of 20 amino acids and plant protein of only 8-9 amino acids. However, your organism needs only 8-9 amino-acids to function properly. That’s why as a vegan you can still choose many products which are rich in balanced protein. They are mainly leguminous vegetables, soya, tofu, cereal products and nuts. So you don’t have to worry about a shortage of protein, especially taking into account the fact that too much of protein is actually more harmful than its shortage.
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Vegans often suffer from calcium shortage
NOT TRUE! Many plant products are rich in calcium. They include tofu, soya milk, almonds, broccoli, kale or sesame. Also, when you eat too much animal products then it can lead to your body acidification. So it turns out that those who consume lots of meat should also eat more products that contain calcium as calcium regulates acid-alkaline balance in your organism. If your vegan diet is properly balanced then you shouldn’t worry about the shortage of calcium.
Veganism leads to the shortage of iron
TRUE! Well, some plant products are rich in iron but the iron from this source is difficult to absorb. It may be helpful to consume plant products along with vitamin C which makes the iron absorption more effective but it will never be as fully absorbed as in the case of meat. So if you decide to be a vegan then you should have your blood test done more often (paying attention to the level of hemoglobin) and if it’s necessary then buy pills that contain iron to take it every day.
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5. Vegan diet deprives you of vitamin B12
TRUE! As a natural source of vitamin B12, you can find it only in animal products so when you are a vegan you are subject to its shortage which may turn out to be harmful to your health and can even lead to pernicious anemia. It is really necessary for your body to function properly so if you’re reluctant to eat meat, eggs, and cheese (which are the richest sources of this vitamin) then you may need to buy some dietary supplements that contain vitamin B12. Don’t ignore it as this precious substance has a vital impact on your nervous and nervous system.
6. Veganism is not recommended for children, sportsmen and pregnant women
TRUE and FALSE! Well, there are different opinions concerning this matter. And it actually depends what is the dietitian's diet! Those who are already vegan claim that whether you are a kid, sportsman or a woman expecting a baby, then you can be a vegan and it won’t have a detrimental impact on your body. However, the dieticians who are on a ‘traditional’ diet say that you should be careful with this diet if you are one of the above conditions. One thing is for sure if you decide to be a vegan you need to observe your body and pay attention to any signal that it sends you.
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Vegans need to do regular check-up and pay attention to their diet
TRUE! However, it doesn’t only concern vegans. Those who eat meat also should care about their diet and make it healthy and balanced. And regardless of the diet, you’re on, regular check-ups are necessary! Vegans are more subject to the diseases that result from the shortage of iron and vitamin B12 but they are less prone to suffer from obesity, heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases than those who consume lots of animal products. So basically, a vegan diet can have a good impact on your body, as too much meat and fat don’t dominate your diet.
Veganism can also help you reduce the level of ‘bad cholesterol’ and decrease your blood pressure. In 1999, researchers have discovered that vegans have problems with clogged arteries by as many as 24%! However, due to the lack of calcium (which is mainly involved in dairy products and fish), vegans often have problems with their bones, that’s why dietary supplements seem to be necessary for them, especially for women who often suffer from osteoporosis.
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Can you lose your weight more easily when you are on a vegan diet? It seems that this is a common motive why so many people choose this diet. However, the elimination of animal products does not guarantee that you will be slim and fit. A vegan diet contains less fat but it is also full of products that are rich in carbohydrates which have lots of calories. So you can’t expect that veganism will help to transform yourself into a model. There are many other factors that can be more crucial, if you are determined to achieve your goal, such as physical exercise and drinking lots of water.
Basically, veganism can be really helpful. As you refuse to eat dairy products, you can have fewer problems with your digestion and your skin looks much better as it looks smooth, healthy and less oily. It can even help you get rid of acne! However, veganism has both good and bad sides and may not be for everyone. If it’s beneficial for your friend, it doesn’t have to be the same to you. You need to observe your body and pay attention to how it reacts when you deprive yourself of any animal products.
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