Top 10 Benefits of Veganism

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve been reading about Veganism or maybe you have thought to your to try it for a month, my answer is ‘Go For It’, give yourself a four-week challenge cutting out meats and dairy.

You will feel the difference.

Here are some of my top ten tips to encourage you or your friends:

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1. Nutritional value

Several studies have reported that vegan diets, when followed correctly, tend to contain more fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Vegan diets are packed full of essential nutrients, but in the absence of meat, it is vitally important that we make sure we are still consuming all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms

2. Our moods

Research has revealed that vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact it was discovered that vegans and vegetarians had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters.

3. Disease prevention

Due to the fact that they contain fewer saturated fats, vegan diets have been shown to reduce heart disease risk and what’s more, data shows conclusively that vegans and vegetarians suffer from fewer diseases caused by a modern Western diet (e.g. coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, and gall stones, among several others).

4. ​​Fewer migraines

As well as playing its role in reducing the risks of certain diseases, the vegan diet can also help to reduce the onset of migraine attacks. Migraines are often linked to our diets and food is a common trigger. Foods like chocolate and cheese are also common culprits. Vegan diets, especially organic ones are much purer and much less likely to be triggers for an attack.

5. Weight loss

A bonus to sticking to a vegan diet is the positive effect it has on our figure. Vegans typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

6. Improving athletic performance

While most active individuals focus on protein intake, more and more athletes follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet for optimum sports performance. Conflicting studies exist, but the number of world-class vegetarian sportsmen continues to rise, world tennis stars and sisters Venus and Serena Williams for example, announced they were going vegan in 2011.

7. Our skin

Vegans tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration – all that extra vitamin c and consequent collagen leads to much better skin.

8. Protecting the environment

A plant-based diet is better for the planet as it requires much less energy and farmland to feed a vegan. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment– from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.

9. Balancing hormones

Hormones such as oestrogen can be responsible for causing breast cancer if levels become too excessive. A New York study found levels of oestrogen can be increased by animal fats. Vegans have significantly lower oestrogen levels than non-vegans, in part because of the lower fat content of their diet.

10. ​Longevity

Vegans have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters.

I hope the above gives you some inspiration to give it a try or to spread the word, please continue to share my blogs.

 

 

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How Sweet is Veganism

How sweet is being a Vegan, how about some tasty doughnuts?

Ingredients

for 12 doughnuts

  • 50 g (¼ cup) vegan margarine
  • 120 mL (½ cup) soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil, plus extra for frying
  • 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

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Preparation

  1. Gently melt the butter over a low-medium heat. Add milk and 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil and mix together.
  2. Once combined, take off the heat and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, half of the sugar, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in the butter mixture. Combine gradually until a thick dough forms.
  5. Using your hands, roll dough into little flat balls and with your thumb, press a hole in the center of each doughnut. (You may need to flour your hands for this part to avoid getting sticky!)
  6. Heat up oil in a pan. To know when it’s hot enough, fry a little bit of bread in the oil. If it goes brown and floats to the top, in 45-50 seconds the oil will be ready!
  7. Gently lay the doughnuts into the oil using a spatula. Fry for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  8. Transfer the doughnuts onto some tissue paper to soak up any excess oil.
  9. Roll the doughnut into a bowl of the remaining half of sugar.
  10. Enjoy!

Have Your Cake And Eat It Vegan Style

Veganism and cakes you might think as being a myth, well you would be very wrong.

Us Vegans can have our tasty cakes, doughnuts, and everything nice without it being dairy.

Check out this tasty delight.

For the Vanilla Cake

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  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup (200g) Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tsp (10ml) Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) White Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar)

For The Vanilla Frosting

  • 3 and 3/4 cups (450g) Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Vegan Butter
  • 4 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For Decoration:

  • Fresh Strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees celsius)
  2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the sugar, baking soda and salt and mix together.
  4. Add the soy milk, vanilla, olive oil and vinegar and whisk it in.
  5. Grease two 7 inch round cake tins with coconut oil and cut parchment paper into circles to fit the bottoms and then divide the mixture evenly between them.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and using a toothpick, insert into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean then your cake is done.
  8. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Prepare your frosting.
  10. Add the powdered sugar, vegan butter, vanilla and soy milk.
  11. Beginning on low speed, mix with an electric mixer, slowly increasing speed until it is smooth and creamy.
  12. If your frosting is a little thin, add more powdered sugar, if it’s a little thick, add more soy milk. The consistency must be thick enough that it doesn’t slide off the cake, but thin enough to be spreadable.
  13. When your cake is completely cool, add frosting to the top of one of the layers.
  14. Add the second layer on top and frost it completely, using a knife to carefully frost the sides of the cake.
  15. Decorate with fresh strawberries and serve right away.
  16. If you’re not serving right away, then omit the strawberries or serve them on a plate alongside the cake, so it doesn’t get soggy.

99% of Popular Cereals Are Not Suitable For Vegans!

Hi All,

I have recently found out the following fact:

Popular breakfast cereals including Rice Krispies, Kellogg’s cornflakes and Cheerios contain vitamin D which is made from sheep’s wool grease, it has emerged, meaning they are unsuitable for vegans.

It is feared that many of the UK’s 550,000 vegans may have been eating vitamin D fortified cereals, as they contain no ingredients which are obviously derived from animals.

They are marked with a “suitable for vegetarians” logo, with no explicit warning that they are unsuitable for vegans.

Please share this blog to inform others.

99% of Popular Cereals Are Not Suitable For Vegans!

Hi All,

I have recently found out the following fact:

Popular breakfast cereals including Rice Krispies, Kellogg’s cornflakes and Cheerios contain vitamin D which is made from sheep’s wool grease, it has emerged, meaning they are unsuitable for vegans.

It is feared that many of the UK’s 550,000 vegans may have been eating vitamin D fortified cereals, as they contain no ingredients which are obviously derived from animals.

They are marked with a “suitable for vegetarians” logo, with no explicit warning that they are unsuitable for vegans.

Please share this blog to inform others.

High Antioxidants = Veganism

Hi All,

As I continue my Vegan journey, I am finding more and more in research on the vast health benefits that are gained.

The chief one being that Vegans consume the highest amount of ‘Antioxidants’ compared to all other diets.

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Antioxidants help to mop up free-radicals which can harm our cells and cause other health issues, Increasing one’s antioxidant intake is essential for optimum health, especially in today’s polluted world. Because the body just can’t keep up with antioxidant production, a good amount of these vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals.

Data from the Adventist Health Study showed that nonvegetarians had a substantially increased risk of both colorectal and prostate cancer than did Vegans. A Vegan diet provides a variety of cancer-protective dietary factors.

In addition, obesity is a significant factor, increasing the risk of cancer at a number of sites. Because the mean BMI of vegans is considerably lower than that of nonvegetarians, it may be an important protective factor for lowering cancer risk.

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Sources of Nutrition

Hi Everyone,

Sometimes a lot of people wrongly think that a Vegan diet lacks many of the bodies essential nutrients.

A vegan diet does require planning to ensure there is variety and the right combination of green foods, grains, and beans to give the body what it needs.

Below are some infographics to show how easy it is.

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