Veganism is a lifestyle choice which includes the consumption of a plant-based diet, avoiding exploitation and cruelty towards animals to derive foods such as dairy, meat, eggs and honey and products such as leather and mink. Vegans discourage and do not use products tested on animals or enclosures that use animals for entertainment such as aquariums and zoos. An individual’s inclination towards veganism is distinctive but stems from concerns about animal and environmental welfare and religious reasons.
Research suggests that choosing a vegan lifestyle can result in number of health benefits, if followed strictly and planned well. For those who have followed a diet rich in meat and dairy for majority of their lives, can observe enormous changes within their bodies when they move towards a vegan lifestyle.
A vegan diet is considered to be one of the most wholesome lifestyles. Plant-based diets should contain plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Healthy vegan diets are abundant with vitamins B1, C, and E, folic acid, magnesium, and iron while also being low in cholesterol and saturated fats.
Benefits of embarking on a Vegan diet:
- Powerhouse of nutrients
- Can aid with weight-loss
- Can lower blood sugar levels
- Reduce the risk of kidney failure
- Can protect against certain cancers
- Could reduce Arthritis pain
- Lowers risk of heart disease
- Improved physical fitness levels
- Lower cholesterol levels
You can mark #WorldVeganMonth by hosting a vegan lunch or dinner party with your friends and family, take part in vegan outreach in your local community or take up the challenge of going vegan for 30 Days!
Here are some of our vegan recipes that you can try out! Make sure to tag us @ZolaFoods, we would love to see how you celebrate #WorldVeganMonth!
- Moringa Latte
- Moringa Love Bites
- Chia and Amaranth Crackers
- Zesty Moringa and Lemon Protein Balls
- Amaranth-Enriched Bread
- Mango Chia Pudding
- Baobab Blueberry Smoothie