The health benefits of a vegan diet are wide-ranging but planning appropriately is essential to avoid nutrient deficiencies.
Experts advise that a vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate and help to prevent chronic diseases. However, someone must plan a vegan diet appropriately to gain the health benefits and avoid nutrient deficiencies.
The percentage of vegans in the UK increased by 40% in 2020, according to a poll by finder.com, and a record-breaking 500,000 people signed up to Veganuary in 2021. Moreover, there were almost 10 million Americans following a plant-based diet in 2020.
Although health is not everyone’s motivation for becoming vegan, it’s essential to understand if plant-based eating provides the nutrients someone needs when following the diet.
Here’s the potential health benefits of being vegan explained – and what the research says. Also discussed below are the risks of not planning a diet properly and what nutrients to consider.