Becoming a Vegan

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Becoming vegan is a personal lifestyle decision whom many people have influenced as their preferred nutritional intake and can be due to many reasons including long-term health benefits, environmental awareness, ethical concerns and religious beliefs. Many vegans are in fact health conscious and understand the benefits of following such eating patterns. The Vegan diet can be defined as the exclusion of all animal derived foods including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products from consumption and instead is emphasized on plant foods, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Vegans have become widely accepted and can potentially have many health benefits by minimizing obesity, regulating blood pressure, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and aids in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Addressing nutritional concerns can be implemented with the correct planning of substitutes to be consumed to provide a nutritionally adequate diet to be obtained in young adolescents. As the exclusion of all animal derived products impact the variety in which foods can be consumed, available and nutritious sources must be thoroughly compensated to provide adequate supplementation. As with any diet, the potential for deficiencies is arguable especially amongst the vegan diet and simply due to poor planning and often identified deficiencies are iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, which can lead to more serious complications. As
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