Every year on November 1, World Vegan Day is observed to spread awareness among people regarding the benefits of veganism for humans and the natural environment. By avoiding non-veg and milk products and only having vegetables, veganism is no more a diet, it is now a social movement to keep a check on the balance in the ecological system. Since many Indian and international celebrities have turned vegan, now it's your turn to do so.
While many people are liking and support the idea of veganism, some a still under the dilemma of whether or not to turn vegan. So, here we are with a few myths and benefits to help you bust your misconceptions about this diet.
Myths about veganism
There are a number of myths associated with veganism:
There is a common belief around the vegan diet that it is expensive and fancy and not all people can afford it. Meanwhile, the actuality is that it is pretty economical and not just due to the financial part of it, but veganism is ideal for humans to follow a balanced diet with pulses and cereals, grains, vegetables and fruit to fulfil the body’s nutritional requirements.
Protein deficient diet
Another big myth regarding veganism is that it does not provide proper proteins in the diet because people think only meat has protein. But the fact is that a proper plant-based diet will provide you with all the essential amino acids needed for your body.
The third misconception is that vegan diet lacks nutrients. But requirements like B12 is a vitamin which is neither plant nor animal origin and they are found in microbes. Because of too much sanitation, it is not readily available. However, sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D as well as supplementation. 40 percent of the world's population is deficient in vitamin D irrespective of what they eat. So, it is not correct to think that a vegan diet lacks nutrients.
Benefits of going vegan
Take a look at the benefits of going vegan
Lesser chances of diseases
By choosing to go vegan you not only contribute in the effort to stop the exploitation of animals but also to reduce your carbon footprint and prevent diseases. By following a whole food and plant-based diet, you can prevent or even reverse 15 of the major killer diseases of our time that includes heart disease and diabetes.
Being vegan is the single best way to reduce your environmental impact on the earth. Animal agriculture is responsible for deforestation, water shortage, Global warming, and climate change. Globally, 50 percent of food grains that are produced in this world are used to feed the animals that we breed and overpopulate. A global shift towards veganism significantly helps us in preventing food shortage.
Vegan diet is considered ideal to maintain your weight. If you have healthy greens and plant-based diet, there are hardly any chances of your body adding extra fat in you.
Boost your mood
Vegan food has the power to boost your mood naturally. As per studies, vegans were found to be in a better state of mind than meat-eaters.