7 Health Benefits of Veganism

Before we dive right into 7 of the many amazing benefits of Veganism, we’ll talk a little about what Veganism actually is. Despite common misconception, Veganism is not the same as vegetarianism. Though similar, there are some pretty major differences. This is because Vegans will not use any animal products at all, including dairy, gelatin, eggs, and honey. This is a major difference, as many Vegetarians still choose to enjoy humanely-sourced diary, honey, and non-fertilized eggs. Veganism also goes beyond food. Vegans will not use any soaps, clothes, or other products that are in any way animal-sourced.

This can include everything from materials (such as leather) to dyes, health and beauty products that use pollen, honey, or gelatin, medications with gelatin capsules, to products that are tested on animals. Living a Vegan lifestyle also helps to reduce carbon footprints and help to keep the bee population alive and well, meaning that it is better for the environment than other eating choices. There are many great benefits to living the Vegan way, both ‘from within and without’. Perhaps that’s part of why it’s been gaining in popularity. But social and environmental benefits don’t hold a candle to the plethora of health benefits that going Vegan can present. From helping to reduce the risk of cancer, to improving the health of your bones, the Vegan lifestyle has no end of benefits. However, we’ve narrowed it down to just 7 of the great health benefits that Veganism has to offer!

1. Nutrient Rich Diet

The Vegan diet is a very nutrient-rich diet. It is often regarded as a highly nutritious diet. And while some have offered up concerns for the “lack” of nutrition found in meat, Vegans have found that using mushrooms, tempeh, and tofu (among others) as meat replacements not only offers a similar taste and texture, but the same nutrients found in meat. Vegans also tend to incorporate a wider array of fruits and vegetables into their diet, meaning that their nutrient intake is boosted. This is coupled with the fact that many Vegan dishes can be eaten “raw” or uncooked. Uncooked dishes tend to retain more of their nutrient content than cooked dishes.