Pros and Cons
There’s conflicting thoughts about practically everything we like to indulge or partake in. Some days, they say caffeine intake is okay in small quantities, other days we should drop it and stick to green tea, while others times it’s beneficial for the skin or health. In the end, we probably leave utterly confused and decide to just stick to our instinct. Anyways, sticking to a complete
plant-based diet has its pros and cons (like everything else)! Many argue that animal protein is essential, while others understand the benefits of nourishing the body with foods like quinoa and legumes. As of recent, the conversation of veganism has emerged as more than a health option, it’s been a focus for sustainability and the environment as well.
Pros: weight loss is definitely one of them. You’re eliminating fat from animals and dairy, so that cut will lead to an immediate drop in calories. Because of this, it is said that vegans face less risk of health diseases like diabetes and obesity. Another positive side here is that going vegan is easier than ever. There are endless resources surrounding us for healthy eats, and more restaurants are offering options that fit the bill.
Cons: weight loss can happen, but caloric intake can also skyrocket with people taking in excessive amounts of carbs and sugar. Just because you’re cutting out meat and dairy, that doesn’t mean you should pile up on pasta and bagels! There are also certain nutrients like vitamin B, calcium and omega 3’s that are mainly found in animal protein, so vegans can be lacking some essentials if they don’t seek out proper resources (fortified cereals, etc.)
It’s hard to reach a universal conclusion on what diet you should follow. Some people are vegan for life and live healthily and without any issues, while others can be lacking in certain areas and may feel the need to have eggs and fish as part of their daily life.
A good way to find out what’s best for your body is to experiment. Do a 30 day challenge and see how you feel. Play with variables and eliminate things slowly. You can try removing animal proteins for a month and track how your body reacts. You can also play with being vegan a few nights a week if you feel like you need a break from the rest.
Just remember that in the end, there are still great protein sources out there for vegans, as this is often a main concern. Green peas, quinoa, beans, nut butters, edamame, leafy greens, hemp, tofu, seitan and tempeh are always great places to start!
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By Alexis Bendjouia