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Vegan Diet Healthy Or Unhealthy

Some studies indicate that eaters of red meat are more likely to die prematurely than those who eat little to no red meat. One US-based study of 120,000 people determined that eaters of red meat are 20% more likely to die younger. Those who ate processed meats regularly boosted this premature death rate to a further 20% higher.

On the other hand, Michael F. Roizen, MD, concludes that those who switch from eating meat products to vegetarian foods could easily add at least 13 years to their life. Why? Vegetarians eat less animal fat and cholesterol, whilst vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol. Professor T. Colin. Campbell (raised on a dairy farm) concludes from his experimental research program that a meat and dairy-free diet can both prevent and reverse 70-80% of disease!

Fact: most meat and dairy products are high in fat and calorie content. For example, 100g of lamb contains approximately 294 calories and 21g of fat (9% saturated) whilst 100g of cooked lentils contains only 128 calories and 6.5g of fat (0.8g saturated). Lamb has 0g dietary fiber, whilst 100g of lentils contains 7.5g dietary fiber. Fiber helps you to feel fuller for longer.

Evidence:

Angela Stokes (AKA ‘Vegan Raw Food Goddess’) lost over 154lbs (70kg) on the vegan raw food diet. This amazing woman, once morbidly obese, attests her weight loss and newfound zest for life to the vegan raw food diet and refuses to return to the standard American way of eating! Why? The health benefits of the vegan diet (particularly weight loss in Angela’s case) are too great to give up. Angela adopted raw veganism overnight and has never looked back since.

Time and time again, persons who adopt veganism proclaim that their skin clears up (acne, psoriasis, etc.), their eyes become whiter, their hair becomes thicker and healthier, their nails become stronger, their energy levels skyrocket and their allergies clear up. Sound too good to be try, right?

These amazing health testimonials can be attributed to the high mineral and nutrient content found in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and beans, leafy greens and whole-grain foods. The American Dietetic Association concluded that a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet is most definitely ‘nutritionally adequate,’ and may provide numerous health benefits and treat or prevent certain diseases. Yes, a ‘well-planned’ vegan diet will provide you with a generous amount of essential vitamins and minerals, so undoubtedly one’s health is bound to improve.

So is the vegan diet healthy or unhealthy? You decide. Those who have adopted veganism however, will always answer ‘healthy.’ The health benefits of the vegan diet clearly become evident after one adopts this lifestyle.