The world seems to be swept away by a new diet concept called ‘Veganism’. It simply means abstaining from eating all kinds of animal products including meat, fish, eggs and even dairy products and honey.
How is the Vegan diet different from a Vegetarian diet?
The Vegan diet is different from a vegetarian diet as a vegetarian diet may also include milk, eggs and honey, but vegan diet does not allow for that. Some vegan diet proponents even advise abstinence form use of animal products such as wool, leather and fur. Should you follow the herd and go Vegan?
Here are few pros and cons of a Vegan diet that could help you to decide for yourself:
Why should you go Vegan?
1. More anti-oxidants in natural foods
The Vegan diet is known to be rich in anti-oxidants that help in releasing toxins from the body. A vegan diet is also known to keep the temperament cool and less aggressive.
2. Human body is naturally designed to eat Vegan food
It is said that human organs are not designing to drink milk other than human milk. Also human teeth have been designed to eat only herbivorous diet and not a carnivorous diet. It is low in cholesterol and easy to digest.
Some of these and other designs of the human body point that human being are meant to be vegans by nature. It is hence known that people following a vegan diet are less likely to suffer from heart and kidney diseases.
3. Stop cruelty to animals
Vegan diet prohibits use of animal meat and other animal products and thus helps in putting an end to violence and cruelty against animals. Also unnatural processes of cross breeding between animals and genetic mutation to increase animal produce are techniques used in modern day animal husbandry practices are taking us away from the natural order of things.
Why say no to going Vegan?
1. High quality proteins and other nutrients
Protein is an essential building block for body. It is argued that animal protein found in meat and fish is a higher quality protein than a vegetarian source. Also certain other nutrients like Omega-3 are found more in salmon and eggs and there are no such comparable vegan resources or such nutrition dense animal foods.
2. Man has known to be a hunter in the wild
It is argued that man is known to be hunter in the wild and there is no validation of the theory that man is meant to be an herbivore as per nature’s laws.
A man is what he eats. As long as you meet your nutrition requirement, it doesn’t really matter what side of the vegan diet argument you fall on. If you are healthy and eat a balanced diet, whether vegan or not, you can enjoy a fulfilling life. Lastly do consult your dietician before making your final choice.