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Is a Vegan Diet better than an Omnivore?

Veganism tends to be associated with greater health outcomes,

Not for what you may believe however,

Some research has indicated that vegetarians are associated with lower BMI, Cholesterol & Mortality.

However more recent research compared this study with omnivores who actively participated in health seeking behaviours and concluded there was no significant difference between the two. (Key et al, 1996)

Vegans however tend to show more bias towards greater health seeking behaviours, reduced smoking, increased awareness of food intake and choices.

Vegans tend to consume a higher variety of plant based products and therefore are more likely to meet the requirements of 30 per week,

This is associated with a higher fibre diet.

Fibre plays an essential role in our health:

Keeps digestive system healthy & in working order

Slows down digestion (much like protein) therefore managing blood sugars levels

Keeps you fuller for longer.

Supports the immune system.

Provides essential vitamins & minerals to the body

There is however some caveats to bear in mind should a vegan diet be consumed,

Limits in complete protein sources across the variety of food therefore requiring complimentary protein sources to ensure the complete EAA consumption.

Eg - Rice is limited in Lysine (AA) therefore pairing with Legumes

Considerations also need to be made towards a potential B12 deficiency and other vitamins with this diet.

However, there is a great carbon footprint reduction with a plant based diet, red meat has the largest impact on the environment with the metabolic rate of the farming.

Veganism has its benefits and always something to consider, any addition of fruit and vegetables is going to benefit your health longterm.

Just be mindful that you are more than your diet,

Do not identify with it,

You are a fabulous human, not a Vegan


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