5 Extremely Important Things to Know Before Going Vegan

So you’re going vegan, that’s great. But!! Even though it’s a healthy choice, you need to learn a few extremely important factors that impact your health because of the food changes. Here are 5 important things to know before going vegan.

Vitamn B12

Vitamn B12

Found naturally in animal products which mean you may require a b12 supplement. B12 keeps nerve and blood cells healthy. Lack of it can cause dizziness, constipation, tiredness, weight loss, depression and fatigue. Consult your doctor before going vegan if you need a boost.

Iron

There are two kinds of iron heme and non heme. Heme iron is easily absorbed by the body and derived from animal foods.  Vegan diets only contain non heme iron which is not absorbed easily. Rich vegan sources of heme iron are legumes, raisins, dark leafy veggies, sunflower seeds and vitamin C rich items like broccoli and citric fruits.

Protein

Before going vegan,  remember your body must have protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life which break down into amino acids that contribute to cell growth and muscle repair. Adults need a minimum of 0.8 gram of protein per kg of body mass. Vegan sources of protein are lentils, natural soy, quinoa, beans and seitan

Go slow on soy

Consuming excess soy based vegan meat may be detrimental to your health instead of improving it. Scientists are still in debate over the dangers or benefits of soya products. Meat substitutes are usually loaded with excess sodium and preservatives so check labels before purchasing anything. Healthy versions of soy are miso, soya milk, tempeh and edamme.

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You’re going to be happier

Among the best things to know before going vegan is the fact that you will be happier. Research found that omnivorous diets contained more arachidonic acid that could cause depression and other neurological changes. Vegan diets are infinitely lower in arachidonic acid thus improving your mood.  However one big advice, don’t start consuming processed junk food.

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Emre Rothzerg
Part-time programmer, full-time vegan.


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