Friday, May 24, 2013

Vegan Please - Nutrition Nugget

Vegan Please
There are many reasons to choose the vegan style of eating. Some think eating meat and dairy products is cruel to animals, some believe it is better for the environment and some think it’s simply a healthier lifestyle choice (that would be me).  From Bill Clinton to Ellen DeGeneres, celebrities are singing the benefits of a vegan diet.
Vegans are those who refrain from eating any kind of animal derived food, including products such as milk, cheese or honey. A key to better health is making informed choices about the foods you eat.
Some of the disease prevention and physical benefits of eating a healthy vegan diet includes:
1.      Cardiovascular disease. Eating nuts and whole grains, while eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.
2.      Cholesterol. Eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all dietary cholesterol from your diet.
3.      Prostate cancer. Studies have shown that men in the early stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet either stopped the progress of the cancer or may have even reversed the illness.
4.      Breast cancer. Countries where women eat very little meat and animal products have much lower rates of breast cancer than do the women in countries that consume more animal products.
5.      Macular degeneration. Diets with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, can help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration.
6.      Arthritis. Eliminating dairy consumption has long been connected with alleviating arthritis symptoms.
7.      Weight loss. A healthy weight loss is a typical result of a smart vegan diet. Eating vegan eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that tend to cause weight issues.
8.      Energy. When following a healthy vegan diet, you will find your energy is much higher. Healthy skin. The nuts and vitamins A and E from vegetables play a big role in healthy skin, so vegans will usually have good skin health.
9.      Longer life. Several studies indicate that those following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle live an average of three to six years longer than those who do not.
10.  Body odor. Eliminating dairy and red meat from the diet significantly reduces body odor. Going vegan means smelling better.
With our fast paced world and given the fact that we are away from home more than not, convenient places to grab lunch or dinner, vegan style are growing exponentially in recent years. Detroit, Michigan is becoming a mecca for natural health and plant-based dining options.
Can you say vegan crab cakes?
Great lakes cakes & spring cucumber salad
Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda