Many people have switched their eating habits to become a better and healthier version of themselves, most making the change to a vegan, no oil lifestyle. Science has backed up the many benefits of this change, here are the benefits that may empower you to make the change also.
Richer in Certain Nutrients
When you make the switch to a vegan diet, you eliminate all meat and animal products, therefore your nutrients will need to come from other whole foods, such as grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. These foods make up the larger portion of your vegan diet, contributing to a higher intake of certain beneficial nutrients that you may have missed out before cutting meat and animal products out of your life. Studies have shown that a vegan diet tends to provide more fiber, beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants.
Lower Blood Sugar and Improve Kidney Functions
There are many benefits for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes and declining kidney functions. Those who live a vegan lifestyle tend to have lower blood sugar levels, a higher insulin sensitivity and around 50-78% lower risks of developing type 2. Many studies have shown that a vegan diet has a better impact on diabetic levels than diets from the American Diabetes Association. In one study 43% of people were able to show that a vegan lifestyle reduced their need for diabetic medication, compared to only 26% in the group that followed other diets provided by the ADA.
Lower Risks of Heart Disease
The American Heart Association has stated that eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fiber are all linked to lowering your risk of heart disease. These foods are generally eaten in a large quantity during a well- planned and executed vegan diet. When comparing vegans to vegetarians, vegans may benefit up to a 75% lower risks of developing high blood pressure, and have up to a 42% lower risk of heart disease. Lowering high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, you reduce the risks of heart disease by as much as 46%.
There are many other life changing benefits to living a vegan lifestyle. Although in the beginning it may be hard to make the switch, your future self will thank you for taking control of your health.