Vegan Diet – Be Closest to Nature
A vegan diet is a diet that comprises of eatables, exclusive of animal foods or nutrition, derived from animal proteins e.g. meat, fish, eggs etc. Vegan diets comprise of plant-based products and foods items including not consuming meat, poultry or dairy products. Thus, any fried items might qualify for vegan food if cooked in plant seeds oils rather than oils derived from saturated animal fats. One of the reasons people opt for a vegan diet is because they want to be completely free from consuming animal food products.
How are vegan diet followers any different from vegetarians?
The followers of vegan diet are somewhat different from the Vegetarians. Vegan diet is strictly deprived of the slightest source of animal nutrient whereas vegetarian diet follows somewhat leniency in this regard. Certain animal foods/nutrients get mingled with vegan items to form a vegetarian dish, while others do not get the same status, depending on the outlook of the veg eaters. For example, many vegetarians do not consume certain vegetables that are used in non-veg dishes e.g. onions as they feel that the same loses the vegan status in the process. In addition, some do not consume vegan items that are prepared using animal ingredients e.g. gelatine. Again, a particular segment of eaters has a selective approach towards vegan diet e.g., they might include only fish or egg in the vegan category, excluding all other forms of animal foods/meats etc. Vegans also keep a safe distance from milk and any milk based products.
Vegan diet is considered on a whole, to be healthier and more balanced as compared to non-vegetarian form of food and dieticians believe that it is the healthiest form of food to be consumed in various ways and mean. Worldwide studies have revealed the fact that vegetarians following a balanced vegan diet are less likely to be the victims of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension etc. since animal foods contain higher proportion of saturated fats. Plant foods, beans, grains, lentils, nuts, corns and fruits contain much more vitamins, minerals, fibres and antioxidants than animal foods and helps to maintain proper metabolism of our body.
The benefits of consuming vegan foods can be viewed from another perspective. There is a rule known as the Law Of 10% Energy Retention that refers to energy transfer in a food chain. It states that the eater of a particular item gets only 10% of the total energy contained in the body of the former. E.g. if a plant gets 1000 Joule of energy from sun, the animal consuming the same gets only 10% of it i.e. 100 J. Again, the ones consuming that animal get only 10 J [10% of 100]. Therefore, in this respect, the consumers of animal food are actually retaining much lesser energy than the followers of vegan diet are and are therefore living longer and healthier.
There are also people who believe that consuming vegan diet means less accumulation of toxins in the body and hence they may enjoy a healthier state of health of a long time.