I've been thinking a lot the past week about how it will be to live as vegan, and naturally i do have a lot of questions in my mind about it. So as always: google to the rescue;) How do i actually live a Vegan life, - cause when you really think about that it is ONLY plant-based food - I do know its healthy and the RIGHT thing to do in general - but it is also a bit of a difficult choice as well. Cause society dont make that choice easy for you. I need to get my shit together, make everything i put in my mouth - homemade - which is a bit of a challenge, as i am sitting here on the train on my way to Jetland for work on my very first vegan day.... My question is what is it exactly that i can eat? There are so many hidden ingredients in every product we buy....!
Anyways, maybe some of you decided to join this challenge, so im share some of the key questions, and answers here on the blog....
Is it really healthy to eat a vegan, plant-based diet? - and does it actually consists of?
A vegan, plant-based diet means that the diet consists of whole grains (eg. Rye bread, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat pasta) and legumes (eg. Kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, soyaproducts), fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds. So all the plants you can get your hands on. It is healthiest to choose "all" plants in their natural form. So whole grain pasta instead of white pasta, apples instead of apple juice, avocado instead of avocado oil and so on. And of course, the diet should still be low in saturated fat, salt and sugar. It will be the happily automatically if you primarily eat all plants.
Did you know that the WHO recommends a mostly plant-based diet?
Is there enough protein in a plant-based diet?
YES - there definitely is!
There are many good examples of plant sources on protein. Our need for protein is covered in a plant-based diets, and each and every plant contains every essential amino acid.
Each plant food contains all the essential amino acids, but its the composition of these ranges, which has created some confusion and misunderstandings. While some plants will be richer, for example. the amino acid lysine, others will be richer in the amino acid methionine. Therefore, many believe, mistakenly, that they should combine more plant foods to get "enough" of each amino acid. There is no evidence to suggest that every meal must meet the needs of all amino acids. It is plentiful that demand is covered over a day or even several days. If a meal is a little low on a single amino acid, the body will use its reserve stock (amino acid pool) to compensate. It is not something we need to focus on. (1,2)
Did you know, that soy beans contain nearly twice as much protein as chicken?
The animals get their protein by eating plants (or by eating other animals that have eaten plants), so when we choose to eat plants instead of animals, we actually just the original protein source.