By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Tuesday, April 30th 2019, 05:54:25 AM.
Lastly, omega-3 containing foods, especially those high in Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), can help the body produce longer-chain omega-3s such as Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Foods high in ALA include chia, hemp, flaxseed, walnuts and soybeans. However, there is debate regarding whether this conversion is efficient enough to meet daily needs. Therefore, a daily intake of 200–300 mg of EPA and DHA from an algae oil supplement may be a safer way to prevent low levels.
A vegan diet may help keep your heart healthy. Observational studies report vegans may have up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure and 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease.Randomized controlled studies — the gold standard in research — add to the evidence. Several report that vegan diets are much more effective at reducing blood sugar, LDL and total cholesterol than diets they are compared to. These effects could be especially beneficial since reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar may reduce heart disease risk by up to 46%.
Vegetarians don't eat meat, fish and poultry, and neither do vegans. But vegans go further, excluding all animal products from their diets – even dairy and eggs. If you're adhering to a vegan diet, that means no more refried beans with lard, margarine made with whey and anything with gelatin, which comes from animal bones and hooves, too. Fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes will be your staples.Precisely how you shape your vegan diet each day is up to you, but you will typically aim for six servings of grains, likely from bread and calcium-fortified cereal; five servings of legumes, nuts and other types of protein, such as peanut butter, chickpeas, tofu, potatoes and soy milk; and four daily servings of veggies, two servings of fruit and two servings of healthy fats such as sesame oil, avocado and coconut, according to an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics guide. There is also no need to give up dessert: Vegans can eat baked goods )cupcakes and cobbler, for example) made without butter or eggs.