You often hear the joke, how do you know someone is a vegan? Because they'll tell you. Well, vegans are having the last laugh as new research reveals that vegans will outlive us all.
The study published in The Journal of Nutrition was carried out on 840 people with five different diets. These included vegans (strict no animal products consumed), lacto- ovo vegetarians (egg and dairy are allowed), pesco- veegetarians (people who eat fish but not meat), semi-vegetarians (meat is consumed less than once a week, but more than once a month), and non- vegetarians (carnivorous meat eaters).
Participants for the study gave blood, urine, and fat samples which were studied for antioxiant, saturated fat, unsaturated fat, and vitamins levels. The study concluded that vegans had lower levels of fat and higher levels of antioxidants in their body.
This is even more incentive to consider opting for a healthier vegan diet and a push to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet. Times have changed since the sad vegetarian meals and the total lack of understanding of what I vegan diet entails. It's at the person's discretion how strict their diet is. At the strict side of the scale, it would include no honey, as it causes bee's distress when their honey is taken from them.
Trendy new vegetarian restaurants are shooting up globally as people are becoming more aware of the advantages of not consuming meat. Dublin alone has a fantastic range of vegan-friendly restaurants to choose from. It is no longer acceptable to have one vegetarian option on a menu, that's always either penne pasta with a tin of tomatoes or a poorly cooked mushroom risotto.
Let's embrace the vegan diet, live to 100 and spend those years judging our meat-eating friends for their life choices. Look at them so content with their delicious breakfast rolls.