In modern day life, the way of living is a lot different in comparison with that of a decade ago. This is due to a number of reasons including technological advances, an increase in work hours, and more research being held in all parts of the world on various issues.
Among these things, one of the biggest thing which has changed is the diets of people. Due to the availability of a wide range of options in food, people have new benefits which they did not have before. For instance, a person suffering from diabetes can also satisfy their sweet cravings by buying diabetic-specific desserts.
In a similar way, there are also low-calorie meals, snacks, and menus in restaurants. There is no doubt that staying healthy and sticking to a diet without it becoming boring is much easier. Therefore, various types of diets have emerged such as veganism.
The vegan lifestyle has been recently gaining a lot of attention. You may have noticed a lot of celebrities have gone vegan and promoted their lifestyles via different forms of media. Why is this so? The logic behind vegan diets is related to reducing animal cruelty and decreasing the damage to Earth.
In addition to this cause, research has also identified the benefits of consuming a vegan diet for health. According to statistics by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, around two-thirds of the population in the US does not consume enough vegetables and fruits.
This may explain the rising problem of obesity and other deadly condition in the US and the world in general.
New research conducted by investigators from three international institutions — the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine and the Institute of Endocrinology in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC shows consuming a vegan diet may solve this issue.
Read the study here.
How Was the Research Conducted?
With the rise in vegan diets across the globe, there has also been increased research on its effects on health. The recent research specifically showed how having a vegan diet can encourage the production of a gut hormone that helps in the regulation of blood pressure.
Secondly, the hormone also helps in making the person feel fuller for a longer period of time. Thus, it may also help a person fighting obesity or weight management in general. The findings of the study are published in ‘Vegan Nutrition’ – which is a special edition of the journal Nutrients.
The researchers conducted the study by looking at 60 male participants. 20 of these were healthy and formed the control group, 20 had obesity, and 20 suffered from diabetes type 2.
These participants were then split randomly. Some of them followed a vegan diet while others had normal diets. The macronutrients and caloric were kept in check by the researchers.
What Were the Results?
After observing the participants, the researchers noted that people who consumed a vegan diet had a higher number of good gut hormones regardless of their health status at the time.
These hormones not only help in controlling blood pressure but also regulated insulin production and glucose. They also helped in managing weight because of their high satiety levels.
This research is specifically important for people suffering from health conditions like obesity and diabetes type 2. It proves how a plant-based diet may help them battle their conditions and improve their health over time.