You might now by now that I am not an extremist. I am not extremely one way or another, like an extreme vegan or extreme paleo or extreme anything. I like to drink beer every now and also enjoy a bacon and egg roll (generally not together, but each in their right time). Our offering is focused on short term kick starts like juice fasting, healthy salads and now we have our intermittent fasting programs. You might still ask, so if you are not an extremist, why is everything you do all vegan? Good question. Here is why….
- In several studies, vegan diets tend to provide more fibre, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. The diets also appear to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E.
- Many observational studies show that vegans tend to be thinner and have lower body mass indexes than non-vegans. Also, a range of randomised controlled studies have shown that vegan diets were more effective more weight loss than the diets they were compared to, with one study showing that participants lost more weight on a vegan diet compared to a calorie restricted diet.
- A vegan diet may help to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and also reduce their risk of poor kidney function by substituting meat for plant protein.
- Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and legumes and fibre are linked to a lowered risk of heart disease. Observational studies comparing vegans and vegetarians to the general population demonstrate the vegans may benefit from a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure. And vegans may have up to a 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease.
Like I said, I am not advocating for everyone to become vegans for all their life. But, there are benefits that could be gained from adopting some vegan habits, even if it is just 3 days every month!