Like everything else what you eat is a matter of choice. People will go vegan when they are ready , not when they are overwhelmed with statistics and raw food pyramids. When people decide to become vegans they are normally questioned by their friends and family, especially if they have been brought up in a meat eating family , like myself- “why vegan”?
Is vegan diet healthy ? Will it supply all the nutrients, that the human body needs? So here is some of the answers , which I hope will help you in your way of finding your optimal health and vitality.
There are 2 classes of essential nutrients:
1.Minerals (elements in the periodic table)-were made by the stars, that blew up at least 5 billion years ago. and Organic nutrients -all of them are synthesized by plants and microorganisms only.None of them are made by animals. The plants use sunlight to turn in-organic nutrients to glucose, which turns into all the essential amino acids, fatty acids , vitamins and all of the phytonutrients.
2.Phytochemicals are associated with the prevention and/or treatment of at least four of the leading causes of death in Western countries – cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. They are involved in many processes including ones that help prevent cell damage, prevent cancer cell replication, and decrease cholesterol levels.
When you go vegetarian or vegan and the first thing, that people ask you apart from “what do you eat” is “where you get your protein“. The answer is protein is made of amino acids and all the amino acids come from plants only.
The same with the Vitamins– they come from plants and microorganism only. Another vital food ingredient is fiber . There is absolutely no fiber in any animal foods.
Fiber in the nutritional transporter as it helps with intestinal absorption of nutrients and any other substances. Fibre is made of cellulose- we don’t digest cellulose , which helps to sweep things along the digestive system. The conclusion is that the vegan diet is complete with all the essential nutrients , that your body needs.
The only nutrient , that you need to supplement is Vitamin B12. I have written a blog post about Vitamin B12 and also the latest research done by Dr. Brian Clements shows that every human being has to take Vitamin B12 supplement. Here is a video where he explains why .
The medical evidence is clear, consistent and overwhelming. Vegetarians and vegans are far less likely to get cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, and are far less likely to be overweight, have lots more stamina, consume far less pesticides in their food, and have superior immune systems. Veganism is more than a change of diet -it is a complete change of lifestyle. It’s the practice of non-violence , compassion , freedom , equality for all living creatures. It is also the feeling of clarity and vitality, that is priceless.As a beginner vegan I can only say to you -if you feel any curiosity about the vegan lifestyle-Give it a try. It’s worth it.
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“The only nutrient , that you need to supplement is Vitamin B12.” I do not agree. You also need Vitamin D3 during winter (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21310306) and often iron (women). My ferritin (blood donor) was below 2 – before I began to take 15mg iron daily.
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