Veganism: It’s Good For The Animals But, Is It Good For Us?


On this World Vegan Day, we ask you a question. Is it healthy to go Vegan?

What is Veganism?

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet. It rejects the philosophy of giving animals the status of a commodity. People who follow dietary veganism, are called Vegans.
There are different types of vegans.
Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat but also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances.
Ethical vegan, the term is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet but extend the philosophy into other areas of their lives and oppose the use of animals for any purpose.
Environmental vegans, this is veganism which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

How does Veganism help?

Some reviews have shown that some people who eat vegan diets have lesser chronic disease, including heart disease than people who do not follow a restrictive diet. Vegan diets tend to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and phytochemicals.

Where Humans meant to be Vegans?

We’ve evolved from Apes, who are omnivores (omnivores are creatures eat a variety of food of both plant and animal origin). Our race was born into this. Things were created the way they are, for a reason. Plants get all the nutrients they need from sunlight and the soil below them and humans, like other carnivores, are meant to get their nutrients from plants and animal products.

An Omnivorous diet is higher in dietary energy, saturated fat, cholesterol, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12, all of which is lower in a Vegan diet. So, vegans take dietary supplements for these deficiencies. The German Society for Nutrition does not recommend vegan diets for children or adolescents, or during pregnancy and breastfeeding because the body is weak during a Vegan diet. If you forget your supplements, you will fall sick. Whereas the body maintains proper energy levels given that humans eat their meals properly in an omnivorous diet.

A study conducted by the Medical University of Graz in Austria also found that the vegetarian diet, as characterised by a low consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol, due to a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products, appeared to carry elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. And that’s just a vegetarian diet, not even vegan.

I know Human Beings have done a lot of things that they couldn’t do before, like flying, now we have aeroplanes. Humans couldn’t cure baldness, now there’s hair weaving. So why can’t we turn our back on our omnivores ways? Because this is our internal wiring, it is what our body is and what it needs. How do you change that?

WRITTEN BY  - Shubhroja Sen



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