The vegan diet is similar to vegetarian in the sense that they don’t eat meat, but there is more to it than just that. Vegans choose to eat a plant based diet, rather than eat any animal products. These include meat, eggs, and dairy products. It is a very clean diet that has many benefits, but it is not for everyone.

Promotes weight loss - Due to not most vegan foods being low in calories, loss of weight may occur because of this diet. However, the rapid weight loss could end up backfiring since the lack of calorie intake can make you even hungrier, which can make you eat large amounts of unhealthy foods. In order to maintain your health during this diet, it is important to make sure you are getting enough food to satisfy your hunger.

Reduces risk of illness - Since the diet is low in saturated fats and has other healthy benefits, it can improve your immune system and reduce the risk of many illnesses. Some of the main illnesses you’re at less of a risk for are type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Other benefits come from being a vegan as well, such as, having a reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Lacks Important Health components - Meat and dairy products hold certain vitamins and fats that are needed to maintain your health. If you continue to not get those components, it can reduce your bone and muscle mass over time.

Limited Food Choices - Restricting yourself from eating certain food narrows your food choices drastically. It will be difficult to eat out at restaurants, because a lot of places don’t have a lot of food options available for vegans. Although, there has been a rising number of vegan restaurants opening with the spread of veganism.

Egg substitutes (for baking):

  • Applesauce

  • Mashed banana

  • Flax seeds

  • Tofu

Dairy substitutes:

  • Almond milk

  • Oat milk

  • Dairy-free cheese

  • Soy milk

Becoming vegan is not an easy process, but it may end up being worthwhile in the end. It may be worth trying something new and it could end up leading to a healthier lifestyle for you!

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