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adherence to a strictly vegetable diet, with exclusion of all food of animal origin.
Etymology: L, vegetare, to grow, ismus, practice
the adherence to a strict vegetarian diet, with the exclusion of all protein of animal origin.
veganismThe consumption of a vegetarian diet completely devoid of animal proteins—i.e., meat, fish, dairy products and eggs.
Vegetarians tend to have lower BMIs, risk of obesity, cholesterol, homocysteine, blood pressure, occurrence of type-2 diabetes, half the risk of emergency appendectomy, and a lower risk of choking on foods that commonly obstruct the upper airway (e.g., fish, meat, poultry and bones).
Veganism may be associated with deficiencies in vitamin B12, as well as vitamin B6, riboflavin, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, iron, iodine and trace minerals, especially in periods of growth (e.g., during childhood, pregnancy or lactation). The high-fibre vegan diet reduces absorption of essential cations by chelating calcium, zinc, iron and trace minerals.
A form of vegetarianism in which no forms of animal protein are consumed. The diet is devoid of meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
Patient discussion about veganism
Q. Is raw vegan diet good for health? If not, why? Hi I am fond of raw vegan diet. Is raw vegan diet good for health? If not, why?
A. Undoubtedly raw vegan diet promises light weight and healthy bones. Interestingly, individuals’ consuming raw vegan diet has had a low bone mass. People who consumed raw vegan diet have a low body fat, lighter bones, higher levels of vitamin D and reduced levels of inflammatory makers. The underlying risk is that they are more prone to osteoporosis and osteopenia (severe bone loss).More discussions about veganism