There are many reasons why people choose to “go vegan”. Some of which are weight loss, the desire to have more energy, to reduce the risk of certain diseases, etc. The list goes on! Here are 5 things that happen when you stop eating meat and fuel up with a plant-based diet.
1. You reduce inflammation
If you consume animal products and other processed foods, chances are that your body has increased levels of inflammation. Plant-based diets have natural anti-inflammatory properties because of its high levels of: fiber, antioxidents, and phytonutrients. They are also significantly lower in endotoxins (toxins released from bacteria found in the presence of animal fat).
2. You’ll lower your cholesterol
Whole-food, plant-based diets tend to have plummeting effects on cholesterol because they tend to be lower in saturated fat and contain zero amounts of cholesterol. Rich in soluble fiber, a vegan diet also plays a huge role in lowering blood cholesterol. Soluble fiber binds to cholesterol and bile acids in the intestines, promoting their excretion.
3. You WILL get the right amount of protein
One of the nutrients that is often over-consumed is; protein (i.e. animal protein). In turn, the excess is stored in the body as fat or transitions to waste. The protein found in animal fat (when eaten in excess) contributes to weight gain, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. On the other hand, plant-based protein serves to protect us from multiple chronic diseases. Overall, though plant proteins have lower amounts of essential amino acids than animal proteins, they have distinct advantages and promotes over all bodily health.