Vegan dietVegetarianism is a quite popular diet and its less popular version is veganism. While vegetarians do not eat meat at all, vegans are much more restrictive and avoid also all other animal products. As a result, they do not eat food products containing eggs, honey, milk or dairy.
The decision to go on a vegan diet is usually related to personal views.
Vegans perceive animals as creature which are able to feel pain and want to
spare them the suffering resulting from consuming their meat or milk intended
for their offspring. Sometimes, however, people become vegans just because they
want to have a healthy diet.
You cannot deny the vegan diet, if well-composed, the salubrious impact
on our body. It helps e.g. to lose unnecessary weight, reduces the risk of
circulatory failure or diabetes. Since it’s based on cereal, fruit and
vegetables, it’s easy to digest, rich in vitamins and microelements.
Unfortunately, it carries a huge risk of causing deficiencies especially of
vitamin B12, which occurs mainly in meat, eggs and fish, but also vitamin D,
protein or calcium. For this reason the introduction of vegan diet requires
considerable attention to providing your body with all the necessary
ingredients. It should also be introduced gradually, step by step removing animal
products. When it comes to children or teenagers, vegan diet should be
discouraged as the lack of proper nutrients can lead to serious health disorders.
An interesting variant of this diet, considerably eliminating the risk of deficiencies, is the so called slimming vegan diet. It is used not for ethical reasons but out of care for health and slim shape. This type of diet is based on the same principles as veganism but is much less restrictive. It strongly recommends replacing animal products with fruit and vegetables, but allows a little meat during supper after a whole day of following vegan principles.
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