Make vegans do better in life
Vegan healthy? And how!
Is it a healthier vegan life? Of course, that's our firm belief. Otherwise we wouldn't do it at all. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
For us there are really many reasons to be vegans. It all started with the awareness that things are going wrong in this world. Anyone who - like us - has ever gone to a meat factory or had to experience face to face how thousands of chicks are chopped up by machine will automatically lose the desire for turkey breast or leg of chicken. Unless you're equipped with an incredibly powerful displacement apparatus.
In the meantime, however, not only ethical aspects play a role for us, but also health aspects. For some, this may be a contradiction in terms. Vegan? That means renouncement and lack, right? That's right. As vegans, of course, we go one step further than vegetarians. We not only avoid meat and fish, but also eggs, milk, cheese or honey. In short, to all products that are of any form of animal origin. If we opt for such a radical departure from the mainstream, then we are also aware that we will encounter incomprehension, criticism and rejection. It’s clear. Ultimately, as vegans, we end up questioning everyone else's way of life, either directly or indirectly.
So arguments are sought that speak against our vegan existence. The oldest of all the core theses of the non-vegans was mostly: "Without meat and animal products, humans cannot survive at all". In the meantime, however, around one million active vegans in Germany alone have proven the opposite. As a second argument I like to come after: “Yes, but it can't be healthy.” Keyword “Malnutrition”. You can find a nice article in our blog that vividly describes the course of such a discussion: https://www.totalvegan.de/leben-veganer-gesuender-oder-doch-nicht
As numerous studies have shown in the meantime, however, the opposite is actually the case. Vegans not only live much healthier than mixed dieters on average. Even more: the vegan diet also has a preventive or curative effect on the most important typical so-called widespread diseases. And that, in turn, is very closely related to the subject of meat.
Anything is better than meat
Food is medicine - the Greek doctor Hippocrates discovered this almost two and a half thousand years ago. A realization that is hardly disputed today. Conversely, there is also food that definitely makes you sick. For us vegans, meat and sausage are definitely part of it. Which is mainly related to the method of production, but also to the mass of consumption. People just eat too much of it. The consequences: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol levels and obesity.
As numerous scientific studies have now shown, vegans and vegetarians are actually often healthier than their meat-eating conspecifics. On average, we have lower blood pressure, blood sugar and blood lipid values and we weigh less. As a result, we have a lower risk of diabetes and we also suffer much less from diseases of the cardiovascular system. Even malignant tumors, i.e. cancers, seem to occur much less frequently with a meat-free diet. Possible causes are pollutants accumulated in meat such as dioxin and meat's own substances such as the blood pigment hemoglobin, which increases the formation of harmful nitrogen compounds.
Vegans are more interested in healthy eating
Not eating meat is one thing. But of course there is another aspect that suggests that being a vegan is simply a healthier life. Vegans are usually just better educated. We are logically more concerned with the topic of nutrition and therefore pay more attention to our health. It is therefore no wonder that there are obviously significantly fewer smokers among vegans, that we drink alcohol less often and exercise more than the normal average person.
And since we as vegans tend to be more concerned with nutrition, most of us are also more familiar with what a balanced, nutrient-rich meal plan should look like. One thing is clear: in order to avoid deficiency symptoms, we vegans simply have to acquire some knowledge about foods and their ingredients. And obviously most of us do too. (Just like you - otherwise you wouldn't have landed on our blog).
Vegan junk food is also junk food
However, it is also true: In theory, vegans can eat just as unhealthily as mixed dieters. In fact, there are supposed to be some junk food vegans who primarily stuff themselves with seitan sausages, chips, white bread, soy pudding, sweet soft drinks, vegan cakes, ice cream or candies. It's all vegan, but it's also anything but healthy. So far, however, we have not met anyone who has exclusively engaged in this type of vegan diet.
But one thing is clear - of course, vegan is not healthy per se. You have to pay attention to the content. Because especially with vegan ready meals and vegan substitute products such as vegan sausage, vegan schnitzels or vegan cheese, it is worth taking a look at the package insert. Often they not only contain an excessive amount of salt, sugar and fat, but also numerous colorings and preservatives, thickeners and flavors that serve as flavor enhancers. Our advice is to steer clear of too much E1422, E200, E160a or E331.
Vegan nutrition, healthy nutrition!
What do we have to pay attention to as vegans? What does a vegan healthy diet include? In our articles mineral springs and nutrients you can read in great detail how we vegans can properly supply ourselves with the most important minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Therefore at this point just a short summary:
Since we vegans usually eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and numerous whole grain products and nuts, we are usually much better supplied with most nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C or folic acid than the population average. Avoiding meat, fish, eggs or dairy products generally leads to certain deficits in iron, calcium and some essential fatty acids. However, the demand can easily be met with plant-based foods. Good sources of calcium include sesame seeds, almonds, kale, arugula, spinach, dried figs, fortified soy products, and some types of mineral water. A sufficient supply of vitamin D - simply sunlight - also improves the absorption of calcium from food.
Lentils and chickpeas, dried apricots and peaches, pumpkin seeds or pistachios, as well as oat flakes, millet and the grain-like amaranth, for example, provide a lot of iron. In addition, the iron absorption can be increased by the supply of vitamin C. So just drink an orange or vegetable juice with the lentils.
When it comes to fatty acids, too, we vegans climb to the top of the health ladder. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are mainly found in vegetable oils, walnuts, flax seeds and some microalgae, which are also available as dietary supplements. Doctors recommend the regular consumption of linseed and rapeseed oil for vegans in particular, in order to improve the supply of omega-3 fatty acids.
Vitamin B12 supply
There remains a small downer, which we have already addressed in a wide variety of articles - the supply of vitamin B12. In fact, vitamin B12 is found almost exclusively in animal foods, mainly beef liver, cheese, and eggs. Since vitamin B12 is important for the functioning of the nervous system, we vegans have to meet our needs with dietary supplements, fortified foods or a specially developed vitamin B12 toothpaste. In addition, we should have our vitamin B12 values measured regularly by the doctor.
Slim, beautiful, healthy and happy
Last but not least, an aspect that should not be underestimated, which speaks in favor of the thesis that it is a healthier vegan life. The healthy vegan diet keeps you slim. This means that the vegan lifestyle not only meets today's prevailing ideal of beauty. A better body mass index (BMI) naturally also has a health-promoting effect.
The main reasons for this are the higher supply of fiber and the lower fat and protein intake with a vegan diet. Fiber regulates our digestion and protects us from constipation or hemorrhoids as it activates the intestines. Larger amounts of fiber - as found in vegan kitchens - also reduce the risk of obesity and thus the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or colon cancer as well as some metabolic disorders.
In short: There is actually nothing against the thesis formulated at the beginning that we as vegans obviously do not have to hide from any other diet from a health perspective. There is much to suggest that we are right at the top of the healthiest diet hit list.
A well-planned and wholesome vegan diet can even reduce the risk of numerous diet-related diseases. And what is most important: Living vegan makes many of us happy and satisfied because we are clear with our conscience and have animal welfare in mind. And happy people are known to be sick less often!
In veggies we trust!
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