Health Advantages of a Vegan Diet

vegan photoWhile many people lament the nutritional disadvantages

of a poorly planned vegetarian diet, few stress the

health advantages of adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet.

In this article, I will cover the major three nutritional

advantages of becoming a vegetarian.

The first major advantage of a vegetarian diet is

increased heart health. Vegetarians, on average, consume

more nuts (often as a supplemental form of protein). Nuts

contain “good” fats, such as omega-3 and omega-6. This

promotes good heart health by reducing “bad” cholesterol

and unclogging arteries.

In addition to nuts, vegetarians also consume more soy

milk (often to replace milk), which reduces “bad”

cholesterol and has been linked to good heart health.

The second major advantage vegetarians enjoy is increased

skin health. In addition to consuming larger quantities

of nuts (which contain healthful oils), vegetarians tend

to consume more fruit and vegetables, which are rich in

essential vitamins, including A and E, which are linked

to good skin health.vegan photo

Fruits and vegetables also contain high amounts of fiber,

which helps flush toxins out of the body, further

contributing to better skin health.

The last health advantage vegetarians enjoy is an increased

natural consumption of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are foods that help prevent cancer by

destroying free radicals. Vitamin C and Vitamin E, two

strong antioxidants, are commonly found in vegetarian

meals.

Vitamin C can be found in berries, tomatoes, citrus fruit,

kale, kiwis, asparagus and peppers.

Vitamin E can be found in wheat germ, seed oils, walnuts,

almonds, and brown rice–all foods that are commonly a

part of a well-balanced vegetarian diet.

So what does this all mean for you as a prospective

vegetarian?

It means the popular mythology about vegetarian diets

is false. Not only can a vegetarian diet be nutritionally

sufficient, but it can also affect better skin

health, prevent cancer, and increase your

heart health.

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