Upon continuing my research, I have found there seems to be more information in support of veganism rather than against it. Several articles, I have read claim avoiding animal products not only helps your body physically, but also mentally. According to the Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University, decreasing consumption of animal products has been “associated with improved mood.” More specifically, those who consumed a vegan diet versus an omnivorous diet saw changes in stress level. The same study however proved that fewer people with depression or anxiety saw the same benefits.

One study in the International Journal of Nursing Practice tried to link veganism to bone fractures and the more common occurrence due to lack of vitamin D. After analyzing several studies, however, it can be concluded that there are “issues with the generalizability of the studies because of sample size and subject characteristics.” Overall, there were too many factor that led to this study being unreliable and not useful for proving a correlation between the two.

A recurring theme seems to emerge as the number one issue with veganism: lack of nutrients. An article focusing on vegan diets for dancers points out that often times those who are vegan “many vegetarians and vegans are missing the veggie part,” and as a result are eating foods that may not come from animals but also don’t have any nutritional value. Also in this article, it is pointed out that other health risks include “lack of calcium, low calorie count, diminished muscle tone, limited variety, and too little fat.” These deficiencies are especially prevalent for dancers and other athletes who expend a lot of energy daily.

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13 Comments
  1. Farah 6 months ago

    Dear Grace,
    I am very surprised by your post “More Findings on Veganism,” because I had no idea about how many beneficial and healthier alternatives there were.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “According to the Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University, decreasing consumption of animal products has been “associated with improved mood.” I think this is surprising because I knew becoming vegan was good for your heath as well as dieting, but had no idea that it could improve mental health, and may even be stress relieving!!

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you write about topics I had no idea about and I would love to learn more.

  2. Junia 6 months ago

    Dear Grace,
    I am very interested by your post “More Findings on Veganism,” because I had no idea about the health benefits of veganism before reading your article.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “According to the Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University, decreasing consumption of animal products has been “associated with improved mood.”” I think this is surprising because I knew that veganism is good for your physical health, but I had no idea of the extent of which it also benefits your mental health!

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you write about interesting topics and have good outside sources of information and your articles are interesting and enjoyable to read.

  3. Sean 6 months ago

    Veganism just became a brighter subject because one of my friends uses a vegan diet, but rarely. I don’t know why my friend is even dieting at the age of 12 but I’m guessing it is none of my concerns. But, veganism was a helpful thing for many people, but even more people didn’t know about it, including me. But the fact that veganism reduced stress levels, build a somewhat of a healthier body, it is amazing.

  4. Thalia 6 months ago

    It is interesting how one does not have to eat meat to be healthy. It is also interesting how it reduces stress levels. I would like to learn more on how healthy it is to not eat meat.

  5. Fiona 6 months ago

    dear Grace,
    Your article surprised me because I had no idea you coul stay healthy without eating meat AND it would lower your stress level. One thing I found interesting was how often people are found to have “a lack of nutrients”. This scares me because lots of healthy options will be pointless with this diet.

  6. Munshi 6 months ago

    Dear Grace :

    I am amazed by your post“More Findings on Veganism” because I helped me understand what being Vegan is and see the studies about it.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A recurring theme seems to emerge as the number one issue with veganism: lack of nutrients. ” I think this is intrestng because when you are vegan you stop eating meat and meat gives you a lot of energy.

    Another sentence that I thought a lot about was: “These deficiencies are especially prevalent for dancers and other athletes who expend a lot of energy daily.” This stood out for me because its very true that when athletes are vegan the end up sometimes eating less energy then the waste which is bad because t does not let them go to there full potential.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I find articles of food and daily life eating articles interesting. 🙂

  7. Isabelle 6 months ago

    This article was very intriguing and really opened my mind up to the benefits of becoming a vegan other than the well known fact that it is good for your body. Originally, I had no idea that veganism also contributes to the benefit of the mind; even proving to help to improve stress levels and mood. I love how you also including some problems of this life style such as calories and calcium.

  8. Matthew 6 months ago

    I found it very interesting that veganism is actually healthy for you and isn’t as bad as I had originally thought it was. I didn’t know that you could sustain proper nutrients and live off of it. I learned a lot from your article such as dancers need extra nutrients. the veganism system doesn’t seem so bad now. it makes it seem that meat isn’t neccasary to live.

  9. Alba 6 months ago

    Dear Grace :

    I am I am interested by your post, “More Findings on Veganism,” because many people are vegan because they think it is healthy. I was curious why they would think that is better for them but now I know.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A recurring theme seems to emerge as the number one issue with veganism: lack of nutrients.” I think this is realistic because people who decide to be vegan will not be eating the same things as non vegans.

    Another sentence that I liked was: An article focusing on vegan diets for dancers points out that often times those who are vegan “many vegetarians and vegans are missing the veggie part,” and as a result are eating foods that may not come from animals but also don’t have any nutritional value.” This stood out for me because it proved me wrong that vegans can’t eat as much of a variety of nutrients as non vegans.

    Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I went to a friends house and ate vegan gravy, which I was surprised by because gravy usually has a lot of animal products.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was something I could relate to.

  10. Skylar 6 months ago

    Grace, its so interesting to read and recognize what little I know about veganism. I am very curious to see what the research say about whether it is truly healthy or not.

  11. Emma 6 months ago

    Hi Grace,
    I found this entry very interesting. I knew that veganism benefitted your diet but I didn’t know that consuming less animals products also helps improve your mood and lower stress levels. I find that very interesting. I also enjoyed reading about the health risks that follow veganism as well. I agree that many vegans miss out on foods with nutritional value while avoiding meat. This is a great topic, great job.

  12. Chloe 6 months ago

    This is an interesting and current topic. I like how you cited data, statistics, and results of an experiment. I have read articles about the 7 pockets in the world with the oldest people. A common factor between all of their diets is the lack of meat. Animal products are not necessary in our diet, especially in the excessive amounts of our modern day America. I also like how you pointed out that it isn’t the lack of nutrients out there in a vegan diet, but it is often the individual who does not eat correctly. Great job, and cool topic.

  13. Katelyn 6 months ago

    One think that I always thought was interesting is that often times there is a push back against pregnant women becoming or staying vegan throughout their pregnancy. My mother was vegan during all of her pregnancies and we were not negatively affected by it. My older sister was born smaller but she was also over a month early, and despite this my sister was able to come home right away even though often times premature babies have to stay because there lungs have not fully formed. I also have never really noticed a difference in my family and friends who are and are not vegan.

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