Longevity Personal Training and Exercise Physiology Edgecliff, Lindfield, Marrickville and Randwick explain what veganism is and take a closer look into the recent documentary on Netflix, ‘Game Changers’ which is trending high right now.

 

Vegan diets have received an increasing amount of attention in recent years. Veganism is the practice of abstaining from animal-derived products.

 

Game Changers is a controversial netflix documentary covering the numerous health benefits associated with going vegan. From world class athletes to those with pathological conditions, Game Changers sells veganism as a one stop shop to live longer, improve your health and perform better.

Benefits of veganism

Since the beginning of time, mothers have been telling their children to eat their veggies and nutritionists have been telling us to consume several servings of vegetables and fruit every day. Is there good reason for this? Absolutely. From vital micronutrients assisting in performing every bodily function to consuming high fibre foods to improve digestion, gut health and control blood glucose, vegetables and fruit should be a staple in every healthy diet. The doco sounds like it might be a great idea, right? Maybe not.

Benefits of eating meat

Even game changers acknowledges that veganism requires dietary supplementation, including vitamin B12. Although vegetables and fruit are abundant in vitamins and minerals, some vital micronutrients are only found in meat. Furthermore, the level of complete proteins in animal products make them a viable option for increasing recovery, muscle building and performance.

Final verdict

You can get most of the vital micronutrients through plants alone, but animal products provide valuable nutrition that cannot be obtained through a vegan diet. When it comes to protein, the practicality of eating the required amount of protein through plant based dieting is questionable. Meat provides much more protein per gram of food than any plant. In the end, the diet best for you is what you can stick to. Vegan, low carb, fasting and low fat all work, but only if you can adhere to the diet.

 

For more information you can call Longevity Personal Training and Exercise Physiology on 1300 964 002. We have a number of partnerships with dietitians and can guide you in the right direction to improve your diet.

Written by Mitchell Hooper