More and more people are going vegan. Until a few years ago, there were more vegetarians than vegans and now each of us has at least a few friends who are vegans. If they have interested you in their stories and lifestyle, and you too have decided to become vegan, you need to know a few things to lead a healthy life. Many start with a vegan diet, not knowing everything it takes to maximize the benefits of the vegan trend while neutralizing the downsides.
You will need supplements
The vegan diet is very healthy for our body, and it is also cruelty-free which is one of the major reasons why more and more people are becoming vegan. Also, the pollution of our living environment is reduced. But you have to keep in mind that if your diet is 100% plant-based, you will not get all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
For example, there is no way to get vitamin B12 if you do not eat food of animal origin. As B12 is essential for our blood and nerve recovery, B12 deficiency can lead to anemia and other problems. So take a B12 supplement regularly. The situation is similar with iron. Unlike B12, you will get iron through a vegan diet, but in a non-heme form, which is a form of iron that is less absorbed. That is why you need heme iron, which is quickly and easily absorbed by our body.
Vegan food is delicious
Probably even more people would change their diet and become vegan, but they have a prejudice that vegan food is not tasty. This is a completely wrong thinking, because planted-based food can be equally delicious and varied. We guarantee that you will not notice any difference in the taste of the food if you go to a good vegan restaurant and if you learn to cook different vegan dishes compared to regular diet. There are even many desserts usually made from sweet potato you can enjoy. Nowadays, it is especially easy to find recipes because there are specialized sites like Candy Potato.
Don’t forget about protein intake
Every adult should consume at least 1 gram of protein for every kilogram of body mass each day. If sports activities are included in your life, then more than that. Some of the best plant-based proteins are soy, beans and quinoa, but there are many others. However, plant-based proteins do not have a complete chain of amino acids like animal proteins, so you need to eat them even more to absorb the required amount.
According to the data, over 100 million people have adopted a totally animal-free diet and among them many celebrities. It is certain that a totally animal-free diet has many benefits, but it is also important that you take supplements and remember everything else we have told you in this article. There is also something called the flexi-vegan diet, and from the name you can probably deduce what it is. It is a diet that is 90% planet-based but not 100% and this can be a very good option as you will occasionally eat eggs and thus ingest amino acids, calcium from dairy products and so on.