Last time we talked about the vegan diet we went over some of the dangers that may arise from adopting a vegan diet, this week however, we will be going over some of the BENEFITS a vegan diet can provide – let’s begin.
Those following a Vegan Diet usually have a diet much higher in fibre than the common diet of those that eat animal products. This can obviously be attribute to an increased intake of fibrous fruit, vegetables, breads and cereals
This fibre intake can not only lead to an increase in bowel health but can also lead to lower concentrations of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol – the “bad” cholesterol. LDL cholesterol levels are a large risk factor to heart disease, so reducing it has been linked to a lower incidence of heart attacks and strokes.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet can be used to reduce the risk of almost one third of all cancers. Since vegans typically eat more fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods than non-vegans, they may have a lesser risk of developing cancer.
For example, research has shown that eating at least seven serves of fruits and vegetables per day can lower your risk of cancer mortality by up to 15%!
Moreover, eating legumes has ALSO been linked to lowering the risk of cancer by 9-18%!
But what about specific cancers?
Another study found that bladder cancer risk may be reduced by eating broccoli and cabbage!
More and more people are turning to plant-based diets with the aim of cutting off some kilos.
Maybe they’re onto something…
Many observational studies show that vegans tend to be leaner and have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than those on standard, westernised diets.
Furthermore, a number of randomised controlled studies — an advanced method of scientific research — report that vegan diets resulted in higher weight loss than other diets in the studies.
According to recent studies, vegan diets may provide protection against type 2 diabetes.
In fact, vegans generally have lower blood sugar levels than those following standard, westernised diets. Additionally, vegans typically possess a higher sensitivity to insulin, granting them a 50 – 78% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes!
What’s more, one particular study saw nearly half of the people following a vegan diet, lowering their dosage of blood-sugar-reducing medication. On the other hand, only 26% of people attempting to follow an ADA diet (American Diabetes Association) saw the same results.
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