In Western society, most people eat meat, eggs and dairy products on a regular basis. That being said, the vegan diet is slowly gaining in popularity. Could vegans have a health advantage over vegetarians and omnivores?
What Is A Vegan Diet?
Vegans are vegetarians that follow stricter rules. Like vegetarians, they avoid meat and meat products. In addition, they also avoid all other food associated with animals, such as eggs, dairy products, etc. You may wonder what is left to eat after you take away these foods, but there is plenty: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains (pasta, bread, crackers) and legumes. Contrary to popular belief, vegans can maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle without depriving themselves of any required nutrients except for Vitamin B12, which may or may not be present in sufficient amounts in the vegan diet.