Be Vegucated: Can a vegan diet potentially save your life?

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Why bother eating chicken and steak when you could help prevent Britain's biggest diseases?

Could this be your fridge soon?

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There was a time when a traditional English breakfast wouldn't go amiss, but today we're seeing a 'green revolution' take force in our kitchens. The vegan diet which is favoured by likes of Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain is on the rise for it's eat clean and feel good nature, but is it really what they make it out to be?

When you consume a plant-based diet, you have little choice, but to eat vegetables, whole grains, fruits and nuts. Your diet naturally becomes rich in antioxidants, fibre, proteins and omega 3s - all of which are essential for optimal health and vitality. Extensive investigations on the benefits of plant-based diets have shown jaw-dropping results and significant increases in health defences after just 14 days.

In a presentation on how to achieve optimum health for NutritionFacts.org, Dr. Micheal Greger M.D, said "Consuming the amount of cholesterol found in just a single egg a day appears to cut a woman's life short, as much as smoking five cigarettes a day for fifteen years." The research Dr. Gregor refers to, is a part of a larger scale project, in fact, the "largest forward looking study on diet and cancer ever performed by humanity".

So, what should we believe? Well, another US study found that those who were consuming a vegan diet had 8 times more 'stopping power' in cancer cell growth than meat eaters.

Harley Street Nutritionist, Yvonne Bishop-Weston agrees that meat has a negative effect on our body. She said, "It could potentially save your life [being vegan], studies are showing reduced rates of all kinds of chronic disease for those on healthier vegan diets. Bill Clinton is quite clear that as far as he's concerned it's saved his life and cured his heart disease."

She continues "Numerous studies have shown increased risk of some cancers, heart disease, and diabetes and of course obesity, as meat is quite calorific too. Even the government is advising we dramatically reduce meat intake."

A future without meat?

According to the BBC, only 5% of the UK considers themselves vegan, but with horse meat finding its way into our fridges it appears to have already effected our shopping trolleys. "Google Trends show veganism is up by 40%" says Yvonne. People are starting to make conscious decisions on the food they buy and are looking for vegetarian alternatives.

This may be a call for change in the UK and a timely one. Vegan Cookbook Author and Plantarian Chef, Tony Bishop-Weston, reckons that new high tech plant-based meat alternatives, like Beyond Meat are "so good" that people can't tell the difference. He reckons it's not long before the McDonald's Big Mac or KFC chicken are vegan.

Wowee. What do you think? Will you be trying the vegan diet?

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