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31 October 2011

Can a vegan be really healthy?

November 1 is World Vegan Day, a celebration of people who don't eat meat. Many people, however, believe that veganism is too extreme to be healthy. Dietician Kim Hoffmann comments

November 1 is World Vegan Day, a celebration of people who don't eat meat. However, many people believe that veganism is a bit extreme and that even the most informed health-conscious vegans run the risk of malnutrition. Dietician Kim Hoffmann has a closer look.

November 1 is World Vegan Day, a celebration of people who don't eat meat. Or eggs. Or cheese. Or mayonnaise. Or honey. Or whey. Or gelatine. Or anything that comes from or includes an animal. Nor do they use any clothing, accessory or object made from an animal. No leather, no wool, no pearls, no ivory-keyed pianos. The animal-free holiday began in 1994, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society.

Supporters of veganism on the other hand believe that they live a healthier (and more ethical) lifestyle. Non-animal based diets tend to be high in fibre, nutrient-rich, cholesterol-free and low-fat. They argue that the consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to a number of health problems such as obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and several kinds of cancer.  According to the research, vegetarian and vegan diets are associated with reduced risks for all of these conditions.

 
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