Adopting a vegan diet has many benefits for animal life and the environment, but also for health.
Vegan eating is above all an ethical, philosophical and environmental choice.
But many are sometimes reluctant to become vegan for nutritional reasons, because they are afraid of possible deficiencies if they stop consuming animal products.
However, the nutritional benefits of vegan food are very numerous. Vitamins and nutrients in plants are rich and diverse.
We will detail them in this article.
1 – The question of animal products
If eating meat and drinking milk presents, according to most nutritionists, many benefits, it also leads to taking some risks if this consumption is regular or excessive.
This increases the risk of several diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and cancers. The charcuterie is particularly pointed finger because it contains potassium nitrate (E 252) and sodium nitrite (E 250), very harmful to our body.
Although cow’s milk contains calcium, it is not easily assimilated by the body. Indeed, like any protein-rich food that comes from the animal, the milk has a positive renal acid charge. This results in a protective biological response to neutralize the “acid” proteins that are harmful before the kidneys are affected. And the body strives first to survive. It will therefore sacrifice bone density to protect our kidneys and our urinary tract, essential for the functioning of the body. The best way to neutralize acid is in the bones. Thus, even if the milk contains calcium, it ends up removing this essential mineral from our bones.
In addition, lactose is the sugar naturally present in cow’s milk. And to digest it, the body uses an enzyme, lactase, that we have at birth. But in man, lactase production stops a few years after birth. This is why so many people are lactose intolerant, or end up having trouble digesting it in a liquid way. It can be seen that even adults who are not lactose intolerant eventually stop drinking milk in the morning.
In addition, fish is a major cause of mercury contamination, an element that can cause several disturbances of the nervous system (including neurological problems), kidneys and heart. In fact, some types of fish are of greater concern because they can accumulate in fish muscle tissue as a result of its uptake from surrounding waters. In addition, by eating prey that contains mercury, the concentration of mercury increases all the more, and therefore increases according to rank in the food chain. For example, the mercury concentration in the flesh of a predatory fish that eats large amounts of other fish for food will generally be higher than that of a fish that consumes little.