January is the month dedicated to starting veganism whereas every year World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1. Veganism is the practice of not eating any animal produce or products.
It means if you want to be a vegan then you should not eat meat, eggs, milk, or honey. It certainly seems to be a highly daunting choice but with many food manufacturers coming up with vegan milk, plant-based meats, and other protein-rich options it has become much easier to follow this lifestyle.
Although it is one of the best forms of diet to follow, still since it has a few dietary restrictions it has a few side-effects as well.
Pros of being a Vegan
Reduced illness risk
Studies indicate that eating vegan food reduces the risk of common illnesses and diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. However, there is a loophole here. Those who have financial limitations cannot try vegan replacements for foods like dairy and meat. And they sometimes remain deficient in certain nutrients.
On the other hand, those who can afford healthy replacements like almond flour, peanut curd and more can derive maximum benefit from following this diet.
Helps in weight loss
Veganism inculcates a habit of following a restricted diet and thus it helps you to shed those extra pounds that you always wanted to lose. Importantly, being vegan means you are eating less saturated fats as well as less high-calorie options such as cheese and thus you automatically start losing weight.
Favours animal welfare
Veganism eliminates the chances of cruelty towards animals. The massive production and slaughtering of animals are reduced and this factor alone has encouraged many to stop eating meat and shift to a plant-based diet or even eating less non-vegetarian food.
Cons of being a Vegan
Lacks essential nutrients
Undoubtedly vegetables and fruits are good sources of minerals and vitamins but the body requires many more food sources that can supply calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and B12 vitamin. It is difficult to get these nutrients from a plant-based diet.
So, more often, health experts prescribe supplements for vegan people which are expensive and sometimes inconvenient.
Not suitable for people with certain health conditions
Health experts may advise against continuing with a Vegan diet if you are suffering from certain health issues especially related to bones like osteoporosis. Since dairy products are rich in calcium, many times those with such health issues are recommended to include yoghurt, milk, and cottage cheese in their diet.
Can cause inconvenience when eating out
While Veganism is slowly catching up around the world still there are very few restaurants and food joints that offer a completely vegan diet. Hence practicing veganism can be of great inconvenience while eating out.