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To go green or not: Will a plant-based diet wor...

Thanks to the Veganuary movement—a non-profit organisation that challenges people to follow a plant-based diet for the first 31 days of the year—January has become synonymous with veganism.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Veganism?

The term “vegan” has first been used in 1944 after a group of vegetarians wanted to break away from Leicester Vegetarian Society in England to form the Vegan Society. In addition to refraining from eating meat, this new group made a conscious decision to not consume any animal products, which included honey, dairy and eggs.

Can one lose weight on a plant-based diet?

Some animal products are high in fat and calories, and people who follow vegan diets therefore tend to have lower body mass indexes Some animal products are high in fat and calories, and people who follow vegan diets therefore tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs). But this does not mean that you can consume lots of processed or high-fat plant-based foods and expect to lose weight.

Can you improve your improve your heart's health on the vegan diet?

Meat contains saturated fats, which can create heart issues when consumed excessively. According to a study published by the Journal of the American Heart Association in August 2019, a plant-based diet could reduce the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease by 16%.

Can a vegan diet Lower risk of type 2 diabetes?

Dietary choices can be highly effective in preventing type 2 diabetes. An article published by the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology indicated that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among the 61 000 participants decreased per animal product removed from their diets.

Exercise and Veganism

There is a common misconception that if you follow a vegan diet that you will not have the strength and stamina to perform at your best due to the lack of certain nutrients in your diet. However, a study that was published by the National Library of Medicine has proven the contrary. Fifty-six active women’s physical activity levels, BMIs, body fat percentages, lean body masses, and muscle strengths were studied, with half of them following a vegan diet and the other half following an omnivore diet. After two years of studying these women’s performances, the study concluded that a vegan diet does not necessarily seem to be disadvantageous to endurance and muscle strength in healthy and active women. It is therefore definitely possible to exercise and live an active lifestyle while following a vegan diet, but it is essential to ensure that you consume enough vitamins and nutrients to give your body the needed strength. Vitamins such as zinc, iron, vitamin B-12, calcium and omega fatty acids are essential when following a plant-based diet and can be found by consuming the necessary supplements.