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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February 5, 2017 5:27 pm

I was a vegan for four months just to try it out. And yes, vegans do lack B-12 and I took B-12 supplements while I was on the diet. While being vegan, I felt more active in day to day life and it made my skin and hair glow! I can’t wait to see what else you find out from this unique eating style!

February 3, 2017 2:44 am

This should be a very interesting paper. I am a vegetarian for the reason of eating animal products feels immoral to me. I am interested in seeing what you find out.

February 3, 2017 2:07 am

I think this is a very interesting take on this issue. I was under the impression that people became vegan only because they felt eating animal products was immoral, I never really thought about it from a nutritional perspective. i am interested to see what conclusion you come to, as I just can’t fathom surviving without consuming animals products. Good luck with the paper.

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