A vegan diet is one that rises concerns and arguments among most meat eaters. Most of which aren’t actually concerned but just curious or want to interfere. These concerns and arguments usually include how a person cannot get the substantial about of protein from not eating animal meat, or any calcium at all from not eating dairy.
Now if you have read my post “How to stop sugar cravings” then you will know how this is extremely untrue and I will link that post here for you to have a read.
So if that is untrue then why do Vegans’ take supplements?
Well these aren’t supplements as such but just additional health foods. It is not just Vegans’ who should incorporate them into their diets but also meat eaters. Generally it is Vegans’ who tend to be concerned about what they are consuming into their bodies on a daily basis although I know there are a vast array of other health conscious people out there too.
So with that being said here are 3 health foods I have every day that you might want to consider:
I put these on my porridge every morning along with blueberries and banana. Just a tea spoon is enough. These tiny little black dots for seeds are loaded with antioxidants*, fibre, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. They are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids** which help to raise HDL cholesterol. This cholesterol is the good type that helps protect heart.
*Antioxidants = “An antioxidant is not actually a substance; it’s a behaviour. Any compound that can donate electrons and counteract free radicals has antioxidant properties.” By counteracting free radicals Chia Seeds help prevent damage in molecules within cells.
**Omega 3 Fatty Acids = This is an essential fat that the human body cannot make on its own. “Omega 3 fats are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors.” www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/
Black Strap Molasses:
“Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid by product of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. It is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated by product left over after the sugar’s sucrose* has been crystallized.” www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/
I take a tea spoon of this every morning and wash it down with lemon water. It isn’t the nicest tasting form of sugar but it is quick and easy to get used to. The lemon water helps the nutrients get soaked up witin the body.
This is a sweetener that is good for you and still contains its nutritional benefits. These benefits include magnesium, iron, and calcium. All important for the body and especially if you are Vegan and have certain concerns about calcium etc.
*Sucrose = Table sugar, refined sugar, cane sugar etc.
Nutritional Yeast with added Vitamin B12:
Nutritional yeast has a subtle cheesy taste and is used for many vegan macaroni cheese recipes as a cheesy substitute. I sprinkle is on my food like powder cheese to add a bit more favour and I really like mixing it into my mash potatoes.
B12 is one of the 8 B vitamins. It is a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of red blood cells. Having some form of B12 supplement within the Vegan diet is essential as it is the only thing we cannot get it from our food.
“This is not because we need animal products to obtain it. In fact, animal products themselves don’t always contain enough B12. The reason for this is because neither plants nor animals natural synthesize B12. It is made from bacteria. Animals consume dirt, which is full of bacteria, through unwashed plants and non-chlorinated water they consume. B12 accumulates in the animals’ tissues, which become a source of vitamin for humans when they eat the animal.” http://bonnyrebecca.tumblr.com/whyvegan
Are you getting everything you need from the foods you eat?
Suggested reads – Skinny Bitch
YouTube Channels- Freelee the Banana Girl, Bonny Rebecca
Documentaries – Cowspiracy, Folkes over Knives, Earthlings
Speeches – Gary Youoffsky Best Speech ever, 101 reasons to go vegan, Kalel Kitten – Why I went vegan, The Starch Solution