By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:43:39 PM.
They also tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower levels of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. High levels for these markers are all risk factors for heart disease.Vegan diets may also aid in weight management.One study in 18 women found that following a vegan diet for 6 months resulted in decreased calorie and fat intake, as well as faster short-term weight loss, compared to a low-calorie, omnivorous diet. Some research also suggests that vegan‐ism may be beneficial for blood sugar control and could help reduce your risk of diabetes.
Vegan diets are a type of vegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten. With planning, those following a vegan diet can cover all their nutrient bases, but there are some extra things to consider. If you are following a vegan diet, you need to be aware of your intake of some specific nutrients. Key nutrient to keep in mind is: Iron, People following a vegan diet can get enough iron through plant foods like legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds, wholegrain (especially amaranth and quinoa), dried fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. However, the type of iron in plant foods (non-haem iron) is not as easily absorbed as that in animal foods (haem iron). To boost the absorption of iron from plant foods, include a vitamin C-rich food with meals – e.g. berries, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, capsicum, tomatoes or broccoli. And avoid drinking tea with meals, as some antioxidants in tea can affect iron absorption. Read more about iron and anemia.
You may have an easier time losing weight on a vegan diet, thanks to fiber-rich foods, which help you feel full and satisfied throughout the day. At 1,200 calories, this vegan meal plan sets you up to lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week and includes a variety of nutritious foods and balanced meals to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need each day. Whether you are a full‐time vegan or just looking for healthy vegan recipe ideas, this plant-based meal plan makes for a week of wholesome eating.