By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:16:19 AM.
Although vegan diets are generally low in saturated fat, as a full-time vegan you may be missing out on the potent forms of heart-friendly omega-3 fats, known as EPA and DHA. We typically get these from fish and seafood, although sea vegetables such as kelp and certain micro-algae supplements can make a useful contribution. It’s also a good idea to include plenty of nuts, seeds and their oils especially walnut, flaxseed, hemp and rapeseed. Pack your lunch with a combination of carbohydrate-rich foods for energy and satisfying protein from foods such as nuts, seeds, beans and pulses. The key is to choose carbohydrates that produce a steady rise in blood sugar, which means passing on the sugary 'white' foods and going for high-fiber wholegrain, which help you manage those afternoon munchies.
Whether your mid‐afternoon weakness is for sweet or savory, there are plenty of healthy options to satisfy. Combine dried fruit with unsalted nuts or seeds for an energizing, protein-packed snack. Alternatively, make up a savory nut and seed mix, or enrich a veggie dip with a handful of nuts.It is a common belief that vegan diets may be low in protein but as long as you base your main meals around ingredients like lentils, chickpeas and tofu this does not have to be the case.
People decide to adopt vegan‐ism for different reasons, such as ethical concerns or religious principles. Others may decide to become vegan to decrease their ecological footprint, as plant-based diets are thought to generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions and use fewer natural resources. Still, the environmental impact of any diet depends on multiple factors, including the way that foods are produced, packaged, and transported. Some also decide to follow a vegan diet for health reasons, as vegan-ism is associated with a multitude of benefits and may even help prevent certain chronic diseases.
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