Within the past few years, the benefits of a vegan and vegetarian diet have been widely discussed. Many people, doctors and scientists included, believe that a vegan diet can reduce your risk of chronic diseases immensely. Books have been written. News articles published. There is no doubt veganism is on the rise.
Though veganism is extremely beneficial in some ways (see environment, reducing blood pressure, receiving ample vitamins and minerals), there has been concern about whether or not vegans are missing nutrients that you cannot get from plants.
Below are key nutrients that are typically harder to receive on a vegan diet AND a supplement that can solve many of these issues!
Iron is essential for red blood cells to function and is used within the body to transport oxygen. However, iron is mainly found in animal proteins. Plants can contain iron but, typically, not in large enough quantities. This is why vegans and vegetarians often are iron deficient.
Our All-In-One Nutritional Shake contains more than 60% of your recommended daily allowance for iron. If you are iron deficient, this is the perfect shake for you! It is totally vegan and plant-based; however, our water lentils are high in iron.
So, calcium. As a child, I was always given a glass of dairy milk each day. The sole purpose of this was to make sure I received enough calcium. Unfortunately, non-dairy milk does not contain as much calcium as diary milk. And, many other sources of calcium also rely on the dairy industry like yogurt and cheese. This means that many vegans do not receive enough calcium.
Calcium is absolutely essential for your body. It makes up a large portion of your bones and teeth and plays a huge role in muscle contractions. If you are worried about receiving enough calcium, worry not more! Our All-In-One Shakes contain a high source of calcium.
Vitamins and minerals have never-ending jobs within the body. Each is responsible for a variety of functions. Vitamin B12 is no exception. B12, specifically, plays a key role in the nervous system and red blood cell production. However, Vitamin B12 can only be found in animal product unless a non-animal product is fortified. This means vegans must be specifically careful that they are taking a B12 supplement.
For a long time, fats were shunned. However, people have begun to become educated on the different types of fats. There are monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, saturated fats, trans fats etc.. Specifically though, Omega-3 and Omega-6 have become branded as the “good” fats. They have been shown to reduce your risk for heart disease, hypertension and a variety of other scientifically proven benefits. The problem for vegans is that the majority of foods high in Omega-3s are a fish. Cod, Salmon, Mackerel. This makes it hard for vegans to eat enough foods rich in Omega-3s. The good news, though, is that our All-In-One Nutritional Shakes contain 35% of male’s and 50% of a female’s RDA! So, next time you are worried about your Omega-3 intake try shaking up our tasty All-In-One Shake ;)
Iodine is one of those minerals that people forget about. Of course you need calcium and potassium and you should be careful of how much sodium you consume; but Iodine? Iodine is very important to help regulate your thyroid. And your thyroid regulates your whole body. Therefore, iodine = important. Iodine can be found in dairy products, seafood, seaweed or iodized salt. Few options with even fewer vegan options. This is why it is important for vegans to check up on their iodine levels and if they are not consuming enough then they should look into Iodine supplements!
Food is how we consume the majority of our macro and micronutrients, which our body needs to function. Veganism has been show to be extremely beneficial to those suffering from chronic disease or high blood pressure. However, it is important to make sure that when you restrict yourself to only eating plants that you remember to supplement those nutrients that can only be found in animal products!