Vegetarianism and veganism is becoming increasingly more popular for people. Some of the benefits of not including meat in your diet include:
-Better cholesterol levels
-Lower blood pressure
-Minimise the consumption of saturated fats
-Avoid risk of type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, and a healthier body weight.
Getting a nutritious and balanced diet is very important for everyone but due to no consumption of meat and eggs, vegans should pay more attention to their diet.
Vitamin D is usually the most forgotten one. It is said that Vitamin D is a vitamin that is absorbed through the sun, this is true. However, because of the different climates and lifestyles this exposure is usually not enough throughout the year to acquire the necessary amount of vitamin D. Therefore supplementation is recommended to compensate for this
Some foods that provide vitamin D are: salmon, sardines or oysters, but for vegans the best option is mushrooms.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in vegans, vegetarians as well as in meat consumers. It is estimated that in the developed world 20-40% of people are deficient in this vitamin.
Many people use this vitamin as an argument to discredit the benefits of vegan feeding. This vitamin is only present in foods of animal origin, however it is not a vitamin of animal origin but is of bacterial origin, which is achieved through land and water. Currently, humans consume very washed food, so the vitamin b12 that we consume is through the animals that have consumed it previously, but these animals are usually treated with antibiotics and hormones that kill a large part of that b12 vitamin. So a nutritional supplement of this vitamin is usually necessary for vegans.
Iron is another important element to consider in our health, since it produces red blood cells. We can find high levels of iron in cashews, nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, toasted almonds, broccoli, wheat and tofu. At the same time, during the consumption of an iron supplement, especially if there is anemia, we should avoid the consumption of coffee, tea, fiber supplements, soy protein and some minerals, such as zinc, magnesium, calcium or copper.
Protein is also a basic nutrient for our body. It serves to keep skin, bones, muscles and organs healthy. Some options for vegans are the consumption of nuts, oats, almonds, quinoa, lentils, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, dried peas, rye, seitan, peanut butter, seeds, grains and legumes. Tofu and soy milk also provide protein.
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