So you wanna be a vegan? A vegan lifestyle is one free of all animal products. This lifestyle can be rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, dried beans/pea, nuts, seeds and other protein alternatives such as tofu. A vegan diet is not necessarily low in fat but fats used are often unsaturated in the form of oils and avocados instead of butters and creams.
Some benefits of a vegan lifestyle may include improvement to cardiovascular markers (lower cholesterol and blood pressure), bowel function due to increased fiber intake, and decreased cancer risks. This lifestyle is not without its risks however. Vitamin B12 is found in animal products so most vegans need to supplement this essential vitamin.
A vegan lifestyle, like any well-balanced healthy lifestyle, will require some planning and preparing. This diet is considered safe for all ages.