Nowadays the word “veganism” has become very popular. Veganism refers to the diet free from animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, and cheese. Veganism also refers to a lifestyle where the animals and nature are respected.
Veganism is on the rise. In the UK, the number of vegans has increased 350% in the last decades. Experts are concerned by this situation because a poorly designed vegan diet can cause potential risks to health.
Isabel Rangel Baron – Vegan diet based on vegetables
Many people are following a vegan diet just for fashion. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, and Gwyneth Paltrow adopted this diet. “People see Gwyneth Paltrow’s pictures and a bowl full of pomegranates, and they want to do the same. It is like being in the latest fashion, but the person is putting in danger health in the long-term”, explained Catherine Collins, a member of the British Association of Dietetics.
Some vegans go further and adopt a raw vegan diet, which is basically not cooking the vegetables. This practice could even kill you if not done properly.
People who support veganism affirm this diet has many health benefits. However, dieticians say a vegan diet means not consuming enough proteins, vitamins, and nutrients needed for health.
“If someone decides to adopt a vegan diet, it must have enough knowledge about it. When a food group is removed from the daily diet; in this case, those from animal origin, it is very difficult to gain nutrients through vegetables”, explained Jesus Roman, the president of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Science.
Isabel Rangel Baron
Proteins help to build and maintain the muscles, organs, skin and bones. Vegans need to eat products such as nuts, legumes, and whole grains to obtain enough proteins in their daily diets. Vitamin B-12 is essential for the normal brain functioning and for having healthy red cells. This vitamin is found only in products from animal origin. “Vegans must take Vitamin B-12 supplements to survive for a long time”, said Jesus Roman.
If you want to follow this diet, make sure you go to a dietician who will indicate you how to eat properly without endangering your health.