Most people are not exactly sure exactly what the term Vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) defines.
Veganism is something more than an eating choice - it is kind of a lifestyle.
So what is Vegan and what is the difference between a Vegan and a Vegetarian?
A Vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat any meat - In other words, they donâ€™t consume meat, poultry, fish or other water animals or food made using animal fat, but they consume dairy products.
However a Vegan is someone who does not consume any animal by-products, which include eggs, dairy (including cheese, butter) or use products that have been tested on animals. Even honey is also avoided, as bees are killed during its production. And finally, Vegans also avoid wearing animal products like wool, silk or leather and donâ€™t use cosmetics and toiletries that have been tested on animals or which contain animal ingredients.
It has also been proven that eating a meat free diet can definitely improve your health in addition to increasing your quality of life and as a result one tends to live longer.
The benefits of being Vegan
Medical research has proven that a meat free diet considerably lowers ones chances of being diagnosed with ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and even certain types of cancers.
Studies have also shown that not meat free diets provide more energy, in addition to building a more efficient immune system. It is also said that Vegans live six to ten years longer than average meat eater and also rid the system of pesky allergens that cause food allergies, ADHD, and asthma. Furthermore, it can also be said that Vegans have healthy hair, lower body weight in general and most importantly a clearer and suppler skin.
Most of us either eat too much fast food. We are addicted to the bad habit of eating out of boxes, cans, and the freezer. In fact, when you eat at most chain restaurants, you're eating out of boxes, cans, and the freezer!
Most non-Vegetarian foods are either processed or frozen, if not come in cans. When we eat high fat meats, low fiber processed foods, and fill our bodies with preservatives and chemicals, we're much more prone to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and other serious health issues.
You can eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and yet not gain any weight. This goes on to indicate that the food eaten in a Vegetarian diet helps with the fat burning process. It also indicates that eating vegetables helps with insulin resistance instead of the food being stored as fat it tends to get taken up by the cells and burnt off hence no weight gain.
However also note that there is no guarantee that you are going to lose weight by just avoiding meat. Meat taken at reasonable amounts can lead to a balanced weight
One thing for sure, being a Vegan will completely rid your diet from any of these processed foods. It will also rid you of all the fat and poisons generally found in processed or fast food that your body just isn't programmed to intake.
So just for kicks, try eating Vegetarian (fruits and vegetables) for a week or two. See for yourself if you feel different, more mentally acute and note any difference
Gets you thinking ...right?
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