Veganism has become increasingly more popular as of late, yet I have heard it is more difficult to get essential nutrients so why are people making this choice? Is it trending because it makes you thinner? Or are people genuinely trying to save the environment though their eating habits? In my research paper, I hope to look at the new trend of being vegan more in depth and figure out the motives behind it. More specifically, I’d like to focus on both the effects veganism has on the body as well as the planet. It seems to be a fairly controversial diet plan, so I’d like to look at the contrasting opinions.
According to Authority Nutrition, being vegan is not a good idea for your health. This is primarily because you are deprived of many essential nutrients such as B12. Additionally, you do not consume the amino acids that you can get from animal protein. Additionally, they say there is no evidence to support a vegan diet being superior for weight loss to that of other diets. Conversely, according to a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vegan diets are higher in fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins C and E, and several other things. Another benefit of the vegan diet is a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, which has become a very relevant issue in the US today. There are certainly controversial opinions on the matter, but I hope to look more into which side of the argument appears more scientifically sound.
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