Veganism, now gaining much popularity, refers to the practice of restraining from the use of animal products, particularly in food diet. In philosophy, it rejects whole idea of animals serving as commodities. Veganism is the next level after vegetarianism. Regarded as a restricted and an unhealthy diet, with not much options available, veganism has a lot of misconceptions attached to it.
Going vegan, bringing about a major change in your lifestyle might sound terrifying, it might seem like you’re making a big commitment, especially with all the misapprehensions that come along with the word itself, but don’t sweat we’re here to help you measure the pros and cons.
But the golden rule about shifting to a veganism is to take it slow. It can be overwhelming to bring such a change all at once. Refer to this list of pros and cons to make an informed decision for yourself.
IMPROVES OVERALL HEALTH STATUS
A vegan diet follows strict rules. It is cholesterol free and low in saturated fats, ultimately improving your health status. It is said to detox your body and also controls obesity.
Studies show that a vegan diet aids in the prevention of various kinds of cancer like lung, breast and prostate cancer. It is said that vegan proteins have a high concentration of non-essential amino acids. These proteins support insulin and glucagon activity, helping to lower the elevated lipid levels and inhibiting the development of cancer.
EFFECT ON ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMALS
Switching to veganism undoubtedly favours the environment and saves animals from being killed mercilessly to serve our selfish purposes. Going vegan reduces your carbon footprint. It was also concluded by a research that if the whole world turns to veganism, we can slow down the rate of global warming. Many people choose to adopt the vegan diet because of their love for animals and their desire for animals to live a humane life.
STICKING TO A STRICT DIET
Being a vegan you have to religiously follow a diet. You can not eat or use any product derived from animals including cosmetics, honey, eggs, milk, etc. This means having a hard time dining out and not many options to choose from. Moreover, you have to be really careful while shopping for groceries, check every label and buy more of plant and animal based substitutes.
LACK OF PROTEIN
As vegans let go of major protein providing items such as eggs and meats, they have to resort to substitutes to get the required amount of protein in their diet. So if you do plan to become a vegan, get ready to stock up on quinoa, soy and lentils.
NON-AVAILABILITY OF SUBSTITUTES
Since the concept of veganism is still taking shape in India, it is a troublesome task to look for the right substitutes required because there are not many options to choose from. So if your decision is final, you should be prepared to spend a decent amount of time thinking about what to have for dinner or lunch.
Measure your pros and cons, think about it and make the shift.