There are two different types of diets that everyone knows. There is the Vegan diet where you don’t eat any animal products only plant based, and there is the meat diet where you eat all animal products which include meat, milk, eggs, etc. These diets are every different form each other but are also the same in one way or another. Each diet has their health benefits, what the diet consist of, what daily vitamins we get from each one and what food in each diet gives people proteins. They also have their advantages and disadvantages as all diets do. A vegan diet consists of only vegetables and no animal products, but there is other vegan diets that one can try without having to cut out all animal products. Lacto-ovo vegetarians do not eat meat, poultry or fish but do eat eggs and dairy products.
Lacto vegetarians eat no meat,poultry, fish or eggs but do consume dairy products; and other vegan diets eat eggs or just fish and poultry but won’t eat other meat products. Nowadays, plant- based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses( Harvard Health). There are health benefits for being on a vegan die. For instance, when on a vegan diet one consumes less saturated fat and cholesterol, lower blood pressure and lower body mass index(BMI). Being on a vegan diet can also lower the risk of chronic diseases. One of the chronic diseases that it helps lower risks of is heart disease. Vegetarians were, on average, 25% less likely to die of heart disease(Harvard Health). The results confirmed earlier findings from studies comparing vegetarian and nonvegetarian(Harvard health). Some of the foods that vegans eat that help them lower their risk of heart disease are nuts; because they are high in antioxidants, fiber, minerals and healthy fatty acids. Walnuts, in particular, are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have many health benefits.(Harvard health). Another disease that it lowers the risk of is cancer.
Hundreds of studies suggest that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, there’s evidence that vegetarians have a lower incidence of cancer than non vegetarians do( Harvard health). According to harvard health by simply cutting out red meat of ones diet people eliminate a risk factor for colon cancer. Some questions that people will have before becoming a vegan/ vegetarian is where would they get their daily vitamins and protein without meat. There are many ways that a person on a vegan diet can get their nutrients. For example, vegans get their protein from peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. Vegans may need 0.45 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day(Harvard Health). Now for vitamin B12 which is a vitamin in meat vegans consume it by drinking things that have soy or rice, and they can also buy vitamin B12 pills in order to consume their daily vitamin. Just like any other diet, a vegan diet has it advantages and its disadvantages.
To start off the advantages that it has is that it helps with weight loss. Which is why many people to chose to go on a vegan diet. A vegan diet is much lower in calories than even a vegetarian diet, Mangels says’ because in addition to knocking out the meat, you’re also knocking out high fat dairy products(Lyer). Even though losing weight is a good thing it can still be a disadvantage in a vegan diet. A sudden and rapid decrease that some vegans experience could backfire(lyer). This happens because when on a vegan diet vegans feel hungrier and want to go for food that is not so healthy which makes them gain weight. According to Lyer, Jackie Keller, a nutritionist and weight loss expert, recommend a gradual and well-thought- out shift to a vegan diet for those who have not been on one before. Another advantage is that veganism is environmentally sustainable.
For instance lyer says that it takes approximately 1,600 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. Lyer also explains that scientist have shown that producing one pound of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing one pound of grain protein. The second diet that everyone knows that a all meat diet. This means that they only focus on eating meat and nothing else, this diet is also known as a zero-carb diet. What this diet consists of is simply in the name. Consumers simply eat meat and anything else that comes from animals. For example, consumers can have red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, and condiments.
Some people would say that just eating meat would be a crazy idea, because everyone needs plants to stay healthy but that is not the case anymore for Hyson explains that it helps with weight loss . This is so because meat lovers don’t get insulin spikes, so your body has no reason to store incoming calories as body fat. There is also lower inflammation. A 2013 study in the journal metabolism compared subjects who ate a high-fat lower- carb diet to those following a low- fat, high-carb diet(Hyson). Lower inflammation can mean less achy joints which means that everyone that tries this would feel better. The disadvantages of a all meat diet is one red meat can be high in saturated fats. Saturated fats can clog arteries, leading to health complications(Red Meat). This diet is also high in cholesterol, also red meat eaten in large quantities can lead to colorectal cancer. Meat cooked at high temperatures can create chemical reactions leading to high levels of harmful compounds(Red Meat). The advantages of eating only meat is that it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Our bodies need vitamins like B12 and Vitamin D in order to function properly, and red meat is a good source of both.(Red Meat). Red Meat also says that it is a good source of protein. Meat, not just red meat, is loaded with protein which an essential part of healthy diet. Despite these two diets they both have somethings in common. One they both care for the environment. For example, meat eaters would want meat that are able to eat grass instead of corn. While vegans opt out entirely of the industrial meat system. When meat comes from farms where they are allowed to go out and eat grass they are not wasting water and other resources that are wasted on animals that are not farm grazed.Vegetarians and vegans thoughtfully choose not to eat animals because of the suffering industrial livestock regularly endure. They give no support to the factory farming system, which is admirable. Ethical omnivores also avoid products from animals kept in CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and instead support farmers that prioritize animal welfare above profit margin.(Ridge). People that eat on either side of these diets they may not like pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics and hormones.
Conventional agriculture relies on artificial pesticides, often in amounts that are toxic to wildlife(Ridge). Having to different types of diets can be very similar to each other. Simply by how both diets care for the environment and how they both don’t like how their foods have chemicals that don’t belong there. They can also be every different from each other by their health benefits; one diet helps protect from diseases and the other helps with getting all the vitamins you need on a daily basis, what they consists of, what kind of vitamins they get from eating on those diets and their pros and cons of each diet. Every diet will be different and the same.