You are what you eat, but the choice of food has always been a subject of contention. Either you are a plus size person going vegan for weight loss or the other way around, the choice of food will always affect the results of your fitness journey. There is an endless debate over, whether one may get his nutrition from animal sources or opt for a vegan lifestyle, drawing all the nutritional requirements from plant sources.
Recently, the vegan lifestyle has been trending quite tremendously and a lot of vegan promoters are canvassing their philosophy on the numerous blogs and books published every day. However, one must get his facts straight before he gets to the compassionate appeal of a vegan diet.
Following are the look outs to get the best out of your vegan diet and avoid the drawbacks:
This is the reason associated with the celiac disease and more than 55 other complications. Gluten is a complex protein found in products of Wheat, Rye and Barley, which is the primary choice of food for majority of the world population. Modern wheat processing methods enhance the Gluten content that gives the elasticity to bread. It may however be noted that the whole grain and its products are a healthier choice.
- Glucose Abundance
Taking raw food is one of the roads many vegans profess but, the potential of contracting Diabetes increases many folds if we are in a habit of taking in raw fruits and grains only without incorporating essential proteins, nuts and seeds in our diet.
Consuming glucose or other carbs may not be simply associated with Diabetes, since, there are many good carbs, which contribute positively to your well-being. It is therefore, highly advised to know your carbs before judging them guilty.
- Protein Absorption
It has been proven by many a research that the amino-acids’ structure of proteins from animal sources is more similar to proteins in our body. This causes more swift absorption of those proteins as compared to the proteins obtained from plant sources.
- Macro Nutrients
A nutritional research in the school going children in Kenya revealed that a vegan diet is deficient in more than six vital macro nutrients, which can lead to diseases such as anemia, growth impairment and rickets. However, these ailments can be avoided by adding a small amount of animal source foods to the regular meal.
- Pesticides and Genetic Engineering
A growing concern among the health practitioners is the rapid increase in neurological disorders, primarily associated with the aftereffects of the traces of pesticides used in the modern farming. Similarly, genetically engineered crops may produce higher yields but the new genetic combination also poses threat of new allergies, which may arise as a result of their consumption.
- False Labels
Innumerable consumer fall prey to the phenomenon of false labeling in their vegan quest. It’s a common practice for manufacturers to name a product after a veggie or a fruit yet, in actual, it doesn’t contain even a pinch of it but, artificial flavours, preservative and other fabricated ingredients. For example, Tomato Ketchup, Fruit Juices, Vegetable Soups and Sushis.
Conclusion: The Middle Way
Vegan diet is not only a great food philosophy but also reflects a compassionate view towards life. However, there are certain precaution that needs to be observed before taking on this road or any other road since, all roads lead to Rome but, vigilance is a must.