Nigerians love meat! End of story.

So imagine trying to sell a no-meat diet to a typical Nigerian. The most likely response will be, "Wetin happen? Meat don finish for market?" That's how much we love our 'animals'. 

Many of us still believe that eating food without meat or fish is a sign of poverty. Every meal must include either or both of these proteins. As a result of this mind set, vegan diets are very unpopular in this part of the world.  But the truth is, going vegan is not as scary as most people think.

 


In case you're wondering, a vegan diet consists mostly of eating wholesome, plant-based foods and cutting out animal products such as meat, eggs, seafood and dairy.

Mind you, this is not the same thing as being vegetarian (some vegetarians consume eggs and milk). Going vegan, even for a brief period is a good way to detoxify your body and help you shed some weight too.

Now let's go ahead and discuss three reasons why you should try this out at least once a year.

1. It will boost your immune system

Plant-based diets are very rich in antioxidants which help your body to fight off infections. Some of the immune-boosting nutrients they contain include selenium, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), copper, carotenoids (vitamin A), zinc and vitamin E.

2. You will lose weight

Vegan diet is rich in dietary fibres that keep you fuller for long hours; keeping away cravings and unnecessary snacking that can lead to weight gain. Pulses such as peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas, are a fantastic way to meet your fibber and protein needs on a vegan meal plan.
 

3. It's healthy

Doesn't it feel good to know you can actually survive without relying mainly on processed foods? According to research, a variety of healthy vegan diet can play an important role in improving your overall health.

Other benefits include; better digestion, improved blood pressure, clearer skin, lower risk of heart disease/diabetes, better sleep and of course, longer life span.

With these few points of ours, we hope we've been able to convince you that going vegan at least once a year is not a death sentence but a new lease on life.

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