Are you thinking of going vegan?
Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.
Firstly, eating more vegetables in your diet is great. Some people struggle with eating veg and so if going vegan means you will eat more nutritious vegetables, then it’s a great idea.
I tell my clients to have the majority of their plate, covered in veg, with the remainder fat and protein.
There are a lot of differences between plant protein and animal protein. The biggest would be that animal protein has the amino acids to build and repair muscle. This is important if we exercise or as we get older. We can’t make these in our bodies and so it’s important to get them through food. Plant protein does not have the essential amino acids which lead to problems.
Plant-based proteins have what’s called anti-nutrients, which decreases the bioavailability of the protein. This means the protein can’t be absorbed as well as animal protein. So 150g of animal protein is not the same as 150g of plant protein and so the latter will need to increase. In other words, plant protein eaters will need to aim for more daily protein than animal ones.
If you decided to go vegan, you are going to have to accept the fact that your iron and b12 will below. In women, due to menstrual cycles, even more so. This is why supplementing your plant-based diet with both iron and b12 is essential.
Now I’m sure most of us have heard about the supplement creatine. It’s taken by athletes to increase their power, strength, and recovery, but did you know that by eating red meat, we are getting a certain amount of creatine. Therefore, meat-eaters will have a higher amount of creatine than plant-eaters, and so this may also need to be taken in supplement form if deciding to jump the nutrition ship.
I hope this helps you make your mind up or at least bring some things to light.