Despite the old vegan stereotypes, a plant-based lifestyle is becoming one of the most popular movements.
No longer do we see vegans in a negative light. The clean eating brigade has turned things around.
And while there are plenty of celebrity backers for this diet revolution, athletes such as Serena Williams, David Haye and Jermain Defoe have put paid to anyone who would argue that it’s no good for strength and energy.
At musclemary® we don’t judge, or preach that anyone should go vegan. Our products fit in with a vegan lifestyle – but are equally healthy for those who want to add more plant-based superfoods to their daily diet.
Here are just a few good reasons vegan products are good for you.
Rearing livestock for animal-based products requires more land, water and energy than producing grain. A 2016 Oxford study found a global vegan diet would cut food-related emissions by 70%.
Reducing the risk of major diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease has got to make you stop and think. A vegan diet also eases the symptoms of arthritis and can help to prevent obesity, which affects one in six Britons and is a leading cause of death. A 2016 study argues that a vegan diet could cut 8.1 million deaths a year.
Fruit and vegetables are full of essential vitamins and minerals (including calcium, potassium and Vitamin C) and dietary fibre. All of these keep you feeling and looking brilliant. We’re not urged to have our five-a-day for nothing.
A better smell (honestly!)
An analysis of the sweat of those who eat a diet of mainly fruit and vegetables, discovered that it was more attractive to women than the smell of those on a carb-rich diet. Vegan perspiration was described as "floral, fruity, sweet or having medicinal qualities."
Meat and dairy can be hard to digest, draining a lot of energy. All whole plant foods contain protein, and it’s easier to build lean muscle as plant protein comes with so much less fat than animal products.
Dairy is one of the worst offenders for causing a skin flare up. Ditching fatty foods, including animal products, has been shown to reduce acne.
Water-rich fruits and vegetables can give skin an additional boost in health due to high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Their fibre helps with better digestion and elimination of toxins which clears the skin even more.
Plant-based carbohydrate-rich foods, including brown rice, steel cut oats, and rye bread, regulate serotonin levels in the brain – which is important for controlling our mood. In the evolving landscape of neurological research, a plant-based diet may help in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Centre your diet around grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies, and you might be cutting your monthly food bill in half. Mainly because so many can be bought in bulk and stored for a long time.
musclemary® is 100% plant protein, and can be used as part of a healthy eating regime, to ensure you get all of the nutrients you need. Get 15% off when you place your first order today.