Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.
Plant-based diets offer all the necessary protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for optimal health, and are often higher in fiber and phytonutrients.
However, some vegans may need to add a supplement (specifically vitamin B12) to ensure they receive all the nutrients required.
A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains and any meat from animals. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.
Science shows a mainly plant-based diet can actually add years to your life. For several decades now, research has consistently found that a vegetarian diet, that is mainly made up of veggies, fruit, nuts, legumes and wholegrains, can reduce your risk of major diseases and help you live longer
The effects of going plant-based vary from person to person, however scientific research shows that eating a healthy diet and looking after your body does positively affect the mental wellbeing of those making the diet change