As we quarantine from home and monitor our every move with hawk-like precision it has become vital to explore the benefits of alternative diets, particularly veganism. As more consumers switch to plant-based/vegan diets we explore three previously unpublished facts on veganism with Kathryn Stewart, Dietitian at Dubai’s premium wellness centre, StudioRepublik.
- When transitioning to a vegan diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains, some individuals may experience some bloating as the gut needs time to adjust to the higher fiber intake. If you are new to veganism, gradually increase fiber intake over a couple of weeks and ensure you are consuming adequate fluid also. Additionally, athletes or young children may struggle to meet high energy needs on a vegan diet. In such cases, snacking on nuts and seeds and adding additional nut butters, avocado and plant-based oils to meals can help meet energy needs.
- Switching to a vegan diet can have significant effects on the environment. It is estimated that switching to a plant-based diet on a global scale would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 49% and land use by 76%.
- Plant-based means vegan. A vegan diet is a plant-based diet but it’s not the only one. There are many different types of plant-based diets such as flexitarian, vegetarian and pescatarian. Although these diets may vary as to whether they include or exclude certain animal products, they are all similar in that they are based on foods derived from plants such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes.