Veganism? It is often simply termed as the “Vegan” for those who decide to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it from food, clothing, or any other purpose. Or even the ones who choose to adopt a completely vegetarian diet are often termed as the same.
The vegan diet or lifestyle has become very popular lately and we also must have seen n number of prominent faces and personalities switching to veganism. Well, it is quite fascinating for a few while for others it might be illogical but there is a section of humans that consider it as a serious and responsible move to go completely vegan on their products intake for ethical, environmental, or health reasons.
But, my beauties, do you know one extremely fascinating and interesting fact about this especially being a woman that women have excelled in this term too as most of the people who switch to a vegan diet or accept Veganism for their entire life are women. Well, before we know the mystery behind the more number of women likely to go vegan, let’s get on to know some more details about Veganism and its history too.
The term “vegan” which derived by combining the first and last letters of “vegetarian” was coined in 1944 by a small group of vegetarians who broke away from the Leicester Vegetarian Society in England to form the Vegan Society and chose not to consume dairy, eggs, or any other products of animal origin, in addition to refraining from meat, as do vegetarians.
Veganism is currently defined as a way of living that excludes all animal products and attempts to limit the animals’ exploitation as much as possible. When it comes to food intake, vegans avoid meat, chicken, fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy, and honey, as well as any other products containing animal-derived additives that also include some types of beer and wine, marshmallows, breakfast cereals, gummy candies, and chewing gum.
If you’re doing it the right way, such a diet may result in various health benefits, including a trimmer waistline and improved blood sugar control. Nevertheless, a diet based exclusively on plant foods may, in some cases, increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies.
According to a survey released this year, women are leading the way to cut back on meat consumption. Women are about twice as likely as men to say they’re eating less meat, at 31% to 15%, respectively. Overall, studies suggest that 80% of vegans in the U.S. are women.
As per experts, below are believed to be the main reasons more women than men might be #GoingVegan:
- Women are nurturing by nature.
- Women may be more interested in self-improvement than men.
- Men are afraid to give up their “grillmaster” reputation.
- Women feel more pressure to be slim.
- Women continue to see the link between plant-based diets and hormone balance.
- Women want to reap the benefits of anti-inflammatory diets.
- Women want to take charge of their mental wellbeing.
So, if you’re also next to join the “vegan” group, go for it as it may improve heart health and link to several other health benefits but always remember to refer to a dietician or primary care doctors before you switch to a vegan lifestyle, after all, you have to gain from it not vice-versa.
Lakshika Thakur is a freelance content writer with femsay.com. She can be found on Instagram.