GO­ING VE­GAN

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

No longer a fringe move­ment, a sur­vey last Novem­ber found that over half of UK adults are adopt­ing ve­gan buy­ing be­hav­iours and there are now more than 3.5m full-time ve­g­ans. Why are peo­ple do­ing it? Although it’s of­ten driven by con­cerns for the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mal wel­fare, many peo­ple be­lieve a com­pletely an­i­mal-free diet is health­ier. So is it? In many ways, yes, says GH’S Anita Bean. ‘Switch­ing to a plant-based diet with lots of fruit and veg­eta­bles, whole­grains, nuts, beans and pulses means more fi­bre and more phy­tonu­tri­ents.’ Stud­ies show that, on av­er­age, ve­g­ans have a lower BMI and less obe­sity than meat eaters. But there are pit­falls. Vi­ta­min B12, vi­tal for your ner­vous sys­tem, is mainly found in an­i­mal sources so you’ll need to get it from sup­ple­ments or for­ti­fied prod­ucts.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.