The vegan lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular these days. Also known as a plant based diet, vegans do not eat any food from animal sources including red meat, chicken, eggs, dairy and honey. People who choose to see veganism as a lifestyle rather than just a way of eating also avoid animal products in the form of leather, fur or any other clothing item made out of animal products. People go vegan for many reasons including health, animal rights and the environment.

Here are the top 10 benefits of a vegan diet:

  1. Better Mood - Research is suggesting they are happier than meat eaters.

  2. Disease Fighting: When done right the diet is naturally low in fat and cholesterol, and has been shown to reduce heart disease risk. Epidemiological data has shown vegetarians suffer less from diseases caused by modern western diet (coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancers). This must be attributed to a higher intake of fibre, phytonutrients and Antioxidants.

  3. Lean Figure: Vegetarians typically weigh less as a result from a diet that has fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.

  4. Less Toxicity: Plant sources are safer than animal foods. Particularly when consuming organic fruits and vegetables. Food borne illnesses, antibiotics, bacteria, parasites and chemical toxins are more common in commercial meat, poultry and seafood when compared to plant foods.

  5. Saving the Planet: Plant based diet is better for the planet as it requires less energy and farm land to feed a vegetarian.

  6. Sight: Vegetarians tend to have better sight.

  7. Money Saving: Plant foods tend to be less expensive except for a few delicacies.

  8. Better Athletic Performances: A high carb/low fat and vitamin and mineral rich vegetarian diet may be the optimal for sport performa nce.

  9. Supporting Animal Rights: Animal welfare is improved.

  10. Longevity: Vegetarians have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat eaters.