By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:14:04 AM.
Vegan diets are linked to an array of other health benefits, including benefits for: Cancer risk: Vegans may benefit from a 15% lower risk of developing or dying from cancer, Arthritis: Vegan diets seem particularly effective at reducing symptoms of arthritis such as pain, joint swelling and morning stiffness, Kidney function: Diabetics who substitute meat for plant protein may reduce their risk of poor kidney function, Alzheimer's disease: Observational studies show that aspects of the vegan diet may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. That said, keep in mind that most of the studies supporting these benefits are observational. This makes it difficult to determine whether the vegan diet directly caused the benefits.Randomized controlled studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.
Calcium is needed for strong and healthy bones and teeth. Non-vegans get most of their calcium from dairy foods (milk, cheese and yogurt), but vegans can get it from other foods, such as: green, leafy vegetables – such as broccoli, cabbage and okra,fortified unsweetened soys, rice and oat drinks, calcium-set tofu,sesame seeds and Tahini,pulses, brown and white bread (in the UK, calcium is added to white and brown flour by law), dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dried apricots.
Note that many processed vegan products found at the store ‐ such as vegan meat substitutes — are often loaded with sodium, fillers, additives, and other ingredients that may harm your health. Try to stick to mostly whole, unprocessed foods — and steer clear of mock meats and other highly processed vegan ingredients and premade meals. A balanced vegan diet should include a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats.
Both vegans and vegetarians exclude animal meat from their diets. They don't eat beef, poultry, fish, pork, or shellfish.
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