Are vegan foods really healthier? Read on to find out

Today Dietician Vidhi Chawla is here to address that elephant in the room, and assess if Vegan food is really equivalent to a healthier option.

Updated on Mar 01, 2022 02:22 AM IST  |  73.7K
Are vegan foods really healthier?
Are vegan foods really healthier? Read on to find out

One often hears people refusing certain food like meat poultry, etc, saying that they are Vegan. And when they say it, it comes with an underlying assumption that it has a lesser environmental impact and more health benefits. Today Dietician Vidhi Chawla is here to address that elephant in the room, and assess if Vegan food is really equivalent to a healthier option. Let us first understand what is a Vegan Diet and how is it different from other diets.

The in vogue Vegan Diet is a dietary palette that consists of food that is primarily planted. They are either made up of plants or plants which are edible are consumed directly as part of the diet. What is a strict no-no in this dietary pattern is the inclusion of any edible that is derived out of animals. Hence this includes meat from certain animals, milk, eggs, dairy products, honey, fish and seafood. So then now how is it different from a Vegetarian Diet? The answer is already explained. Vegetarians still consume dairy products, honey, sometimes even eggs, but a Vegan Diet strictly sticks to only those things that are either derivative of plants or plants themselves.

People in western countries are often seen adopting this lifestyle, although even in India, especially in the last ten years, we see rising curiosity and adoption of the same, in a  rapid fashion. As mentioned earlier, the reason behind it is that people are becoming aware of the carbon footprint that the production of meat and other animal products are creating. Some studies also support that our human bodies do not really require meat intake, but this is highly contested among dieticians and medical practitioners. Here we discuss the pros and cons of the vegan diet and see if they are indeed healthier.

PROs

CONs

Hence, we can see opting for a Vegan Diet has both its advantages and disadvantages. It has more severe disadvantages than advantages. More importantly, a vegan diet does not meet the body’s nutritional needs, and thus supplements are needed that are not necessarily healthy. Hence, it is not right to say that the vegan diet is more healthy than any other diet. Like other diets, it too has its advantages and disadvantages.

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