There has been an increase in the number of people identifying themselves as a vegan. There are many possibilities that may account for this trend – perhaps because of social media, celebrity endorsements, environmental reasons, or simply wanting to live a more healthy, organic lifestyle. Whatever the reasons, there are many research studies backing up the benefits of living a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Listed below are benefits to living on more plant-based diets that were presented at Nutrition 2018, a convention discussing science and health. The research is compiled from different, international studies.
In general, having a more plant-based diet leads to:
- lower risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life
- less plaque buildup in coronary arteries
- smaller waist circumference
- lower amounts of abdominal fat
- lower cholesterol
- lower blood sugar
- lower body mass index (BMI)
Railton, D. (2018, June 11). Nutrition 2018: New data confirm health benefits of plant-based diet. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322072.php