Vegan After 40 – Veganism Pros and Cons

According to the National Academy of Sciences, if more people adopt a vegan diet, 8.1 million deaths could be avoided annually across the globe.

Like everything Veganism has its pros and cons.

Pros

Improved Heart Health
Vegans and vegetarians are up to one-third less likely to die of heart diseases.

Improved Cholesterol
Improved cholesterol levels, healthier weight, and less incidence of Type 2 Diabetes.

Reduced Risk of Cancer
The National Cancer Institute reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians.

Increased Anti-Oxidants
A vegan diet is plant-based, meaning the intake of wholesome foods loaded with antioxidants such as vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and whole grains is increased.

Dramatic Weight Loss and Control
Eliminating meats and cheese means less intake of saturated fat.

Sustainability
The production of vegan-friendly food requires far fewer resources than the production of a typical meat diet.

And here are a few of the cons:

Higher levels of Discipline
It requires a good deal of self-control and willpower to embark upon vegan diet.

Better Cooking Habits Required
You will need to cook as a Vegan. Although it is rapidly changing there are fewer vegan options at restaurants.

Nutrition is Challenging
Nutrients like calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, and folate could fall short in a vegan diet.

Tends to be Pricey
One of the reasons you will need to cook is because vegan menus tend to be expensive. This is largely because plant-based companies don’t have the same economies of scale.

Final Note
If you plan on raising a vegan kid make sure that you follow the nutrition recommendations carefully. During a child’s formative years it’s important to keep their nutrition standards high.