Pros and Cons of a Vegan Diet - Slender Kitchen

Pros and Cons of a Vegan Diet

For many people becoming a vegan involves a major change to not only your eating habit but sometimes your lifestyle as well. Eliminating all animal products from your diet can be difficult but can have some amazing health benefits as well. Carefully consider these pros and cons before making the decision to go vegan.

Pros of a Vegan Diet

  • Lower cholesterol: According to numerous medical reports, following a vegan diet may significantly lower bad cholesterol. Since most bad cholesterol comes from animal sources, a vegan diet is naturally low in this harmful cholesterol.
  • Lower blood pressure: In some recent medical studies, vegetarian and vegan dieters tend to have lower blood pressure and reduced risk of hypertension when compared to meat eaters.
  • Increased antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals: Since people following a vegan diet generally eat more fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains their intake of vital antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals tends to be higher especially wit a vegan diet focused on wholesome and natural foods.
  • Less expensive: While many people may assume a vegan diet would be more costly, the opposite is normally true. Since grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables tend to be less expensive than meats and dairy, many people find they save money when they adopt a vegan lifestyle.
  • Environmental benefits: Following a vegan diet has a number of positive environmental benefits and reduces your carbon footprint significantly.
  • Weight loss: While it is not a guaranteed way to lose weight, many people lose weight when they adopt a vegan lifestyle. This is especially true in people who normally eat lots of processed foods, high fat dairy, and high fat proteins.

Cons of a Vegan Diet

  • Nutrient deficiencies: While it is completely possible to get all important nutrients as a vegan, some people who do not pay attention to their diet could experience deficiencies particularly in regards to protein, calcium, iron, B-12, and Omega 3’s. This is less likely to occur in someone who eats a well-rounded diet full of vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts.
  • Social implications: Along it is possible to find vegan choices in almost any restaurant; many times it will not be easy. This can make social situations when dining out or dining in others’ homes more difficult.
  • Difficult Transition: Becoming a vegan can be a tricky transition for many people. You will have to spend time both learning which foods contain secret animal products and also learning about new vegan foods and cooking methods.
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