Plant-based diets aren’t new, but they have gained popularity over the past few years. Once considered a fringe diet, veganism grew about 300 percent between 2004 and 2019 in the United States. Whether it’s for health benefits or a desire to reduce one’s environmental impact, there are many good reasons to adopt the vegan diet.
That said, a vegan diet isn’t for everyone, and it may or may not be right for you. There are several factors to consider when contemplating a change in diet, but now it’s easier than ever to switch from an omnivore diet to a plant-based one thanks to innovative brands like OhSo Tasty. Offering a wide variety of flavors, you’ll be able to get both your nutritional needs met without having to sacrifice taste.
If you’re considering making the switch to veganism, here are a few things you should consider. As always, when making significant changes to your diet, it’s a good idea to consult a medical professional.
What Is the Vegan Diet?
Before we even delve into the factors to consider, it’s essential to understand what veganism is—and what it isn’t. The vegan diet consists solely of plant-based foods. It is distinguished from similar diets like vegetarianism in that vegetarians often still consume animal byproducts such as milk, cheese, eggs, and even honey. But that still leaves a wide variety of foods for consumption, including nuts, grains/cereals, fruits and vegetables, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils).
OhSo Tasty is helping to pave the way for people to switch over by offering convenient, innovative ways to get all the nutrients you need in a tasty cup of instant soup.
The vegan diet is extremely healthy, offering many health benefits. Vegan diets are often rich in fiber, which helps keep you regular and helps to reduce the risk for heart disease and cancer. For example, OhSo Tasty’s kelp new’dles are 100% soluble fiber, so you get a potentially life-saving nutrients in every bite!
Vegan diets are usually low in saturated fats (typically the types of fat found in animal products) — this also contributes to a healthier heart, including lower cholesterol. And because plant-based foods are often nutrient-rich but calorically light, vegans tend to have healthier weights and fewer issues related to weight.
Things to Think About
As mentioned, veganism may not be right for everyone. The human diet developed over about 200,000 years and was greatly dependent on meat for nutrients. As such, our bodies require specific vitamins and minerals that are more frequently found in animal meat than in plants — including nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, calcium, and others. Because vegan diets lack these, there are some health concerns to weigh before taking the plunge.
Some health conditions tend to be more prevalent in vegans, including higher rates of stroke and anemia. These are often caused by nutrient deficiencies, which only means that vegans need to strategize what they eat more frequently than omnivores.
That’s one reason why keeping some OhSo Tasty Soups on hand can be an easy way to stock up on nutrients. Not only are our kelp new’dles full of soluble fiber, they’re also a superfood that is rich in vitamins and can help you lose weight.
Luckily, most of the health benefits far outweigh the challenges. Things like lower blood pressure, lower rates of obesity, and healthier hearts are all something everyone should strive for, but going vegan certainly makes those health benefits easier to achieve.
OhSo Tasty Is Vegan!
At OhSo Tasty, we’re proud that most of our soups are vegan! Only one of our line of instant soups isn’t vegan, which means you have your choice of delicious flavors! Additionally, our new’dles are made from kelp, which is a superfood that’s packed with nutrients. So if you’re looking for something healthy, tasty, and vegan, head on over to our online shop to check out all the yummy instant soup flavors waiting for you!