Eating meat and other animal products has been linked to heart disease and cancer among other things – it’s small wonder that many people are wondering whether a vegan diet might be more healthy.
For many the idea of trying to cut out eating animal products and giving up meat can be hard to contemplate, I know it was for me, but there is a growing amount of evidence that clearly shows this can be one of the best things we do for our health.
It is becoming clearer that a plant-based diet that eliminates all animal-derived products including meat, dairy, and eggs is one of the best things we can do for our health.
After two years of incredibly poor health, I was so desperate to somehow get back to being healthy, having tried so many things none of which worked I made the decision to give this a go, and I cut out eating animal products and I am so pleased that I did because it has made a huge difference for me.
Even though health should be the priority for all of us, I know the thought of giving up so many of the foods that make up our stable diet that they resist making the change no matter the benefits they’d receive.
I admit having just finished a bowl of shredded wheat, covered with almond milk, and topped off with blackberries and raspberries I’d never have thought I’d prefer this to my traditional breakfast of eggs and bacon, but I do. Having cut out eating animal products hasn’t been anywhere near as difficult as I thought it would be.
Many of you will be tempted by the evidence of how much this can also help weight loss.
“Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight,” the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study. This was based on Researchers finding that two groups of overweight people with type 2 diabetes trying either a vegetarian diet or a standard weight loss diet saw those on the plant based diet losing more weight and more body fat.
But there far stronger reasons to cut out all animal products and they include the amazing health benefits of doing so.
A recent World Health Organisation report classed processed meat as carcinogenic, and so products such as bacon and salami found themselves categorised alongside formaldehyde, gamma radiation and cigarettes. Red meat was also labelled as “probably” having cancer causing properties.
Eating just a 50g portion of processed meat – or two rashers of bacon a day – increases the risk of bowel cancer by 18 per cent, the experts concluded.
Scientists recently found that red meat is linked to heart disease. A study be Lerner Research Institute in the US showed that carnitine, a nutrient found in the food, sets of gut microbe reactions which contribute to the development of heart disease.
As I said the evidence is growing enormously, and the clear facts are that an animal-free diet lowers your BMI, reduce cholesterol and helps with weight loss – and even more importantly can fend off chronic disease.
For me amongst many amazing changes in my health I’ve seen my cholesterol level drop significantly and my blood pressure which has been a major problem for 2 years stabilize to a very healthy level, amazingly so. The reason is undoubtedly that I’ve cut out meat and other animal products from my diet. Six days a week I am on a Vegan diet but on occasion will maybe once in a while enjoy a good steak. Although I’ll admit I don’t enjoy it anywhere near as I once did.
My diet is now largely made up of fruit, vegetables, salad, whole grains, legumes, nuts and beans and this has I assure you helped reverse my health, given me more energy, helped me sleep better, improved my skin, normalized my bowel movements, I really could go on and on about the benefits it has given me.
It is Monday today so why not give it a go and try a Meatless Monday.
So, I ask you again, would you cut out eating animal products if you knew how greatly your health would benefit?