Do you need to cut out animal products to be “healthy”?
A vegan diet is plant-based without any animal products. Many argue that we should reduce our consumption of animals and animal products for our wellbeing and the health of our planet. Whether or not you choose to become vegan, eating more vegetables is never a bad idea. That being said, eating vegan doesn’t automatically make you healthier. Let’s take a closer look as to why.
Why Choose To Become A Vegan
Before discussing if a vegan diet is healthy, we must first look at the reasons why people choose this lifestyle.
Producing animal products requires A LOT of resources. By reducing production, we can reduce the impact we have on the environment.
The production of animal products is a HUGE business. Like with any industry, you’ll find people put profit above the welfare of the animals.
There are countless examples of animals getting treated poorly.
Some cultures have either veganism or vegetarianism as part of their culture.
Many people become vegans because their favorite celebrity or influencer preaches it.
Some become vegan because of health reasons. We will discuss whether or not that’s a good idea in this article.
Healthy Vegan vs. Unhealthy Vegan
Many believe that becoming vegan will automatically make them healthy. When really it depends on how you do it.
WildFit believes that your health is far more determined on how much of the good stuff you get in, rather than the bad stuff you remove.
If the consequence of removing animal products makes you eat more vegetables, fruits, and nuts, then there is a good chance that this will have a positive effect on your health.
If removing it results in an increase in grains and refined sugar, then it won’t have the same impact. Actually it can have the opposite effect.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. You should always consult with professionals for medical and nutritional advice.
Is A Vegan Diet Optimal For Your Body?
If we look at human history, there’s no doubt that we’ve been eating meat for a long time. Meaning it has a place in the human diet.
With that said, if you became vegan for environmental or animal rights reasons, I’m not going to try and convince you otherwise.
Many of us (me included) consume WAY TO MUCH meat and a break from it wouldn’t be so bad. It would probably do some good.
If you intend to be a healthy vegan, then it will require research and a decent amount food preparation, but then again, so does healthy eating in general.
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