Do you think eating ‘Vegan’ is healthy? It is now more popular than any time in history.
Vegan fairs happen in every town or city regularly. products now have ‘Vegan’ friendly labels. Many celebrities and fitness gurus are vegan.
There are many reasons not to eat animal products, animal cruelty is one of the big motivators and the origins of the term coined in 1944 by Donald Watson, UK.
I want to talk about the health issues. And there are two main elephants in the room. One is sugar and the other protein.
Let’s sort out the protein issue: first, we only need 10% of our food intake to supply the body with enough protein. This will cover all cell regeneration throughout the body. This is true for meat based diet too.
The same old question – where does a vegan get their protein? You will see many Youtubers talking about this but they never answer. It is simple. We need three main ingredients, Vegetables, Beans/legumes and grains. The levels of different amino acids in these foods combine to make complete proteins.
During the day you can combine an infinite variety to easily cover protein intake.
Eating a ‘vegan’ diet can be the healthiest way to live, higher fibre, being a key factor. However, not everybody is getting it right.
The enormous elephant in the ‘Vegan Fair’ room, is the cup cake – why? Because it has a lot of sugar. This raises insulin, and any glucose (sugar) in the blood not used for energy, muscles and brain, will get stored as – FAT
I would like to see more information out there in the vegan world about the three simple ingredients that will keep us healthy and reduce animal cruelty.
Vegetables – Beans/legumes – grains
Keep it simple but not simple sugars
If you are attending a vegan fair this summer, keep an eye on sugar levels, my guide is no more than 5g per 100g.
I don’t call myself a ‘vegan’. The word has too many stigmas and miss-information. My diet is 95% plant based, veg, beans, grains, I include some egg and occasional sea food or meat. Health is my main concern, and when in winter our bodies may need the warming properties of these animal foods.
Let’s all be responsible for reading labels, eating lots of vegetables and avoiding overeating animal proteins and processed foods, whether ‘vegan’ or not keep an eye on the amount of sugar and other ingredients such as palm oils, salt and e-numbers. Try to eat food that is as close to its original state to get the nutritional benefits.
Thanks for reading.