According to a recent estimate, there are over 4 million vegans in the US. That's a little over 1% of the population, these involve people who have completely shunned meat and dairy related products. But, is it really healthy for you? Do you get all the requisite nutrients needed for your body's survival? Let's find out!
As compared to the other variations of diet that are available like omnivorous, mixed, paleolithic etc. Being vegan is usually related to a higher weight loss factor. So, when you pit all these diets against each other, and weight loss in your primary motive, then a vegan diet would win hands down.
A study from an Italian institute has claimed that a vegan diet is directly correlated to a lower risk of cancer and heart diseases. But, it is to be noted that this is just one such study, and its finding is yet to be confirmed by reputed sources, or major journals. Hence, these are preemptive deductions, without a widely accepted notion.
Now to the downside:
A vegan diet doesn't put a myriad number of choices in front of you. You have to stick to a food source that has been widely accepted as being vegan. But, such a food source may not provide your body with all the requisite nutrients, vitamins and minerals like Calcium, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D etc.
If your body is lacking any of the nutrients, minerals or vitamins as mentioned above, then it's functioning would be majorly hindered. And to cover such a massive loss, supplements would need to be taken. So, if you go vegan, then you lose out on a lot of nutrition, something that you may easily gain by sticking to a vegan and non-vegan diet combination.
According to another research, conducted by AARDA, if you don't incorporate some meat related products in your diet, then your body is prone to what is called a "Leaky- gut". This harms the inner lining of your stomach and could result in many diseases related to the inner lining of your gut.
So, going vegan isn't all good and dandy. When you go vegan, you do save the animals from being slaughtered, albeit at an almost insignificant scale. But, in doing so you are letting go of a lot of vital nutrients needed by your body to sustain itself. These vitamins and nutrients are crucial for its survival, like Calcium, Vitamin B12, D, Iron etc. Hence, going vegan isn't really healthy, if you don't account for the almost negligible benefits that it accrues.