World Vegan Month 2020: Veganism and Health
November is world vegan month, created to raise awareness of veganism globally. We break down how plant-based lifestyles can have a positive effect on your health and easy changes and approaches to swapping to a plant-based diet.
What is World Vegan Month?
World Vegan Month is celebrated annually and is a time to recognise and raise awareness of veganism, provide resources and make accessible the concept of plant-based diets. Organisations and eateries around the world also provide delicious vegan eats via markets and street stalls. For the full lowdown, read our article on everything you need to know about World Vegan Month.
How does veganism positively affect health?
Lots of people try a plant-based diet for several reasons, and a big one is the health benefits. But what specifically happens to your body when you change to a plant-based diet?
- Your gut health improves. Your digestive health is likely to improve on a vegan diet, mainly because reliance on plants often results in eating fibrous foods like pulses and cruciferous vegetables.
- You may lose weight. There have been several studies that show those who cut out meat from their diets tend to have lower BMIs than those who eat meat. If maintaining a balanced vegan diet, you may feel fuller from eating plants for longer which results in eating less during the day.
- It can help clear up your skin. A common culprit of misbehaving skin is dairy, and sometimes meat that contains hormones that can cause acne flare-ups. Cutting this out of your diet can lead to improvements in acne — but it can also help with general complexion. Eating more plants rich in antioxidants can help the general hygiene of your skin, promoting a clearer and brighter complexion.
- Veganism can encourage better wellbeing generally. Being more conscious of what you’re consuming and paying attention to what your body needs can lead to being more aware of general wellbeing.
- It can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Due to cutting out meat and dairy, vegans may be eating less saturated fat, and eating too much of this can cause the buildup of cholesterol, thus contributing to heart disease. Because vegans are reliant on plants and, they may be less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease according to studies.
When it comes to food, it's all about what works best for you and what your body responds to. If you’re looking to make the switch to a plant-based diet, listen to your body and nourish it with what it needs. Here’s nutritionist Aly’s guide to how to make sure you get all the vitamins you need when going plant-based.
A balanced diet is always the way to go, and allplants firmly believe that vegan diets don’t have to be restrictive — you can still eat indulgent, delicious food that’s completely plant-based. Our range of delicious vegan meals, breakfasts and treats are the ultimate proof!
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.