Going vegan or veganism is hands down one of the hardest kind of diets or lifestyle to adhere to unless you’ve grown up eating only plant-based products.
It’s not clear when the concept veganism came into picture, but it’s safe to say that many celebrities and people belonging to a polished lifestyle swear by this. Over the course of 3 – 4 years, the growth in the number of vegan products has been remarkable.
Not only in the food department but going vegan has been the way to go for many cosmetic and skin care companies.
Veganism, though has gained a lot of attention in the past couple of years, is not a new concept. The term veganism was conceived in 1944 by group of vegetarians. This group originally was part of another gathering known as the Leicester Vegetarian Society to form the Vegan Society.
So, what exactly is veganism?
When one chooses to go vegan, they cut out every trace of dairy, eggs and meat from their diet. They stick to a strict plant-based diet. To be precise, anything that’s made from animal or dairy is big no-no.
Also, going vegan is good for the planet. Veganism excludes any kinds of consumption animals. Since vegan diets only include plant-based foods, more crops can be grown, which leads to a greener environment. Here’s one astonishing fact, it takes up to 13 pounds (5.5 kg) of grain to produce only 1 pound(0.5 kg) of flesh.
Instead, the crops could be directly fed to people, and we’ll be able to feed the hungry more food.
Though it’s hella stressful and difficult to go vegan, the results are pretty satisfactory.
- Vegan diets are free of cholesterol and are generally low in saturated fat, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases
- Better control and prevention of diabetes
- Healthier body mass index
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased energy.