Anybody who has seen the horror show called ‘Supersize Me’ has considered becoming vegetarians. If you have hesitated due to concern for your deprivation-hating and burger-loving body, don’t worry, nothing dramatic will happen biochemically. This doesn’t mean it won’t present any positive changes. Here’s what to expect.
- You May Gain Healthy Bacteria Inside Your Gut at First
The body has some digestive enzymes that use the proteins found in plants and meat, and that does not change if you stop consuming meat. All the indigestible carbohydrates found in plant protein sources, as well as other plant-based diets, can change the bacterial profile in the intestine. Researchers also believe the new carbs help increase the population of healthy gut bacteria.
- You May Lose Some Pounds
A group which was founded to promote plant-based diets for disease prevention recently revised all clinical trials of vegan diets on weight loss. The findings reveal that become vegan tends to promote a lighter you—even though shedding pounds is not the main goal of becoming a vegan. The average weight loss which was tracked by this study is 7.5 pounds.
- You May Prevent the Risk of Heart Disease
Several studies involving over 76,000 women and men have compared vegans and non-vegans with similar lifestyles. The research results show that death from heart disease was 24% lower in vegetarians than carnivores—maybe due to reduced levels of inflammation.
- You Might Lose Your Taste
Zinc, the biochemical heavy lifter, performs loads of functions in the body, and it includes giving the body’s immune system a boost. However, the mineral, found in red meat and oysters, is also vital for hearing and taste. One study discovered that zinc deficiency is a major factor behind the impairment of taste.
While nuts, beans, whole grains, as well as dairy products provide some zinc for the body, the phytic acid gotten from seeds, legumes, whole grains, and beans may interfere with the zinc absorption. So vegetarians may need 50% more zinc. The recommended daily allowance for women is about 8 milligrams, which implies that you might want to aim for 12 mg at least.
- Your Muscle May Need Some More Time to Recover
For building muscle, protein is essential. It also helps in repairing and maintaining it after a workout. Plant protein or animal protein works, one just works slower. Make a smoothie using almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, soy milk, or rice milk, and add carbs in form of some fresh fruit to refill your glycogen stores, as your body uses it for energy, after a workout.
- You Might Have to Supplement
Studies also suggest that vegans tend to receive a similar amount of iron like carnivores. They do well on calcium and vitamin B12, which are essential for nerve function. However, if you’re bothered about any of the nutrients—including zinc, you may want to use supplements.