NursingDegree.net have recently posted an article on their site entitled 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan. As Billy at Vegan Talk says, it’s exciting to see veganisim being discussed on a nursing website. Recently Oprah’s 21 days of ‘spiritually conscious’ cleanse threw the vegan lifestyle into the spotlight. As probably one of the most influential women in the media, she has hopefully shown how rewarding, and accessable Veganism is. With this new support of the Nursing Degree Network from a more medical perspective, hopefuly some more people will be able to weigh up the positives.
Some of the highlights discussed are the nutrition benefits from eating a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products. In particular they dispel the myths that vegans lack protein. As it is, most Americans (and I’d say the rest of the Western world) in fact have too much protein in their diet. Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, and soy products are all great ways to get the right amount of protein in a vegan diet.
They go on to discuss how you could potentially avoid a number of diseases by switching to a healthy, balanced vegan way of eating. In addition to good nutrition and disease prevention, eating vegan also provides many physical benefits such as longer life, better skin and hair, reduced allergies and weight loss. Now I can’t vouch for the last one, since becoming vegan I’ve stayed around the same weight, but regularly bake vegan treats and love to cook too much for my tummy’s good! However I have had far less trouble with my asthma, dust allergies, and sinus troubles. I used to be constantly stuffed up and blowing my nose, now it’s only in the mornings that I have sinus trouble. Even around hay and horses, my eyes aren’t as itchy as they were before, and I recover a lot more quickly.
In addition to the health benefits a vegan lifestyle and diet also is hailed as helping the environment to avoiding serious bacterial infections. Finally they end with a list of resources to show how a vegan diet isn’t all about being healthy, but can also be tasty and fun. I defiantly recommend taking a read of the list.
[via Vegan Talk]