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The Truth about Vegan Diets

Updated on August 8, 2015

There are some individuals who claim the vegan diet is the best diet to lose weight while others say the complete opposite. We are not interested in whether vegan is the right choice based on morals or ethics but instead we are going to look at the science behind the diet and let you decide what is best for you.

Vegans Don't Eat Meat and Are Less Likely To Be Overweight

While vegans do not eat meat it should be noted that meat by itself will not make you overweight unless you consume too much of it. The same argument could be made for vegans that since they only eat non-animal source food they are more likely to be overweight. If you do not overeat then you will not gain weight regardless of the diet you select but we will dig deeper into the science.

Vegans Are Less Likely To Develop Heart Disease

While it has been proven that individuals who consume large quantities of red meat are at a higher risk of heart disease it does not mean that vegans are in the clear. If the vegan eats large amounts of foods that are rich in fat then their risk of developing heart disease is the same as an individual who is eating meat. While cholesterol digested from meat could put you at risk of heart disease there are high density lipids (HDL) which helps prevent heart disease and this HDL cholesterol is not found in most vegan diets.

Vegan Diets Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

There are individuals who believe that since you are not eating meat your chances of developing certain types of cancer are reduced. What you need to get clear in your mind is that there are many variables that increase your chances of developing cancer and not all of them are equal. It would be in your best interest to never rely on one food or series of foods that increase your chances of developing cancer.

Vegan Diets Will Help You Lose Weight

No diet works perfectly but what you need to do is find a diet that will let you consume all of the calories you need without any saturated fats. You should never eat less than 1,200 calories per day no matter what the diet says. The human body needs at least 1,200 calories to function properly and some individuals who are larger need more. What you need to do is adopt a new perspective on food that you eat to live and not live to eat. For some people they reach for food when they.

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