At OhSo Tasty, our mission is to delivery delicious, nutritious vegan and vegetarian soups that are packed with everything you need to eat healthy on the go. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about whether or not eating plant-based foods is healthy. For example, some worry that going vegan will lead to nutrient deficiencies like B12, iron, protein, and calcium, which primarily come from animal sources — this is simply not the case.
Research from the University of Oxford found that plant-based diets can lead to higher levels of nutrients. Many amazing plant-based foods can provide the appropriate amount of nutrients and are widely available in supermarkets and online. For example, our Kanten new-dles found in each soup is a superfood, made from kelp that is packed with essential nutrients in each bite (or slurp as the case may be)!
To help combat some of the misinformation out there, here are four health benefits of a plant-based diet that should make anyone on the fence more secure in their decision to go vegan.
Reduced Cardiovascular Risk
Evidence from a study conducted by the American Heart Association shows that diets rich in plant foods had a 16 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 32 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality. Another study from the UK shows that vegetarians have lower rates of ischemic heart disease than meat-eaters.
Plant-based Foods Are Richer in Nutrients
Removing meat and animal products from your diet means that you must compensate with more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Staples in vegan cooking like chia and flax seeds are rich in omega 3’s and fiber. Nuts are full of healthy fats and protein. Leafy greens are an excellent source of iron and calcium. The list goes on. Vegans tend to have a higher intake of potassium, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, Vitamins A, C, and E.
Decreased risk of Chronic Illness and Cell Damage
Fruits and vegetables are packed with phytochemicals that contain antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. These can neutralize free radicals, oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons which can play a part in chronic health issues like cancer, cataracts, and inflammatory diseases. This essentially means that people on a plant-based diet benefit from a reduced risk of chronic illnesses related to cell damage.
Vegan Food Can Aid Weight Loss
Vegan food tends to be low in calories. For example, one 3.5 ounce serving of beef contains 313 calories, while one serving of our vegan soups has between 30 and 70 calories! What’s more, our soups are a good source of fiber and natural probiotics, which can help you feel full without having to eat a huge portion.
If you are interested in going vegan, we suggest you talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to help you make good choices about your diet. And when you’re ready to take the plunge, be sure to check our full line of vegan soups that are tasty, healthy, and ready to go!