Health, Vegan

The 5 Pros and Cons of Being a Vegan Teen

When I first decided to become a vegan, I received a lot of responses.  Good, bad, the typical raised eyebrow.  And everything in between.

Veganism is an extremely controversial topic, and even more so when you’re a teen.  The buzz of fully raw fruitarians and die-hard meat lovers – not to mention worried parents and friends – can get to be confusing.  So if you’re a teen considering a vegan diet, here are the top 5 pros and cons of living the plant-based way!

Pros

  1. Your vitamin consumption will jump through the roof!  Since a vegan diet automatically increases your veggie and fruit intake, you’ll be getting way more vitamins found in plants, like vitamin C.
  2.  You may lose weight.  Again, a vegan diet is stuffed with plants, which contain fiber that makes you fuller longer.  Eat more and lose weight – a win-win!
  3. Your risk for cancer, heart disease and more will go way down.  A 2016 study found that veganism is associated with a reduced risk of cancer.  And with the lower consumption of unhealthy fats, you are far less likely to ever develop heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
  4. Your acne may go away completely.  In fact, many studies have shown that acne and dairy consumption are directly related!  At the least, expect an improvement in your complexion!
  5.  You will feel a dramatic sense of well-being.  Knowing that you are helping animals, the environment, and your own health will give you an amazing sense of pride and joy!

 

Cons

  1.  People, including your parents, will be worried about your health.  For some reason, no one will ever question your diet if you’re a meat eater, but join the ranks of the plant-based and everyone gets nervous!  Just remember that most are only there to help!
  2.  And some of the naysayers may be right.  Although a vegan diet is rich in many nutrients, it also lacks a few.  Meal planning is necessary in order to achieve balance.
  3.  You will need to supplement.  Finding vegan B-12 sources is difficult, but B-12 is necessary for everyone.  Consider supplements or nutritional yeast (also known as nooch).
  4. There will be times where there is nothing to eat.  At gas stations, most restaurants and parties, most of the food will be non-vegan.  Try to plan in advance.
  5. One word: Cravings. When your family is eating pizza, ice cream and bacon cheeseburgers – you might just start to want them too. Remembering your reasons for veganism and, again, being prepared can help to ward off cheese cravings.

Veganism is a serious lifestyle with many amazing benefits!  Weighing the pros and cons beforehand can help second-guessing (by both you and your parents) later on.

Stay happy and healthy!

 

 

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