3 Benefits of Going vegan today
1. Eating vegetables is good for you, duh
No one needs to tell you that eating fruit and vegetables is beneficial, but in case you’ve forgotten everything your parents and teachers ever taught you, they’re full of essential vitamins and minerals (including calcium, potassium and Vitamin C) and dietary feel. All of these should keep you feeling and (ideally) looking great. Even though you’ve had the 5-a-day mantra drilled into you for years, the chances are you’re still not eating enough fruit and veg. Unless you plan to survive on a diet of crisps and vegan sausages (I don’t recommend it) trying out Veganuary will, if anything, force you to eat more of the good stuff.
2. It makes you smell better
Go ahead and raise your eyebrows, but a recent study analyzed the sweat of those who eat a diet of mainly fruit and vegetables and found that it was deemed to be more attractive to women (who actually had to smell and evaluate each sample) than those on a carb-heavy diet. The sweat produced by veg-eating men was described as “floral, fruity, sweet or having medicinal qualities.” Do you need another reason?
3. Live like a vegan, cook like a vegan
Now that you’re sold on Veganuary, it’s time to embrace the opportunity to experience a whole new world of cuisine. There are innumerable delicious ways to eat vegetables, and, in case you missed it, veganism is a big deal in the food world now, with bloggers and books such as Deliciously Ella and The Happy Pear soaring to popularity. And it’s not just blonde twenty-somethings who are championing the humble veg, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (who definitely knows his way around a carcass) have both dedicated books to them. So stop moaning, get in the kitchen and try something new. You may even find you like it.