What are the pros and cons of veganism (or at least a predominantly plant-based diet)?
CON: Vegetarians have a higher risk of stroke than meat-eaters.
PRO: A plant-based diet could reverse the damage that contributes to the risk of coronary heart disease.
PRO: A plant-based diet is better for your blood pressure.
PRO: Men could achieve firmer, more frequent and longer lasting erections by following a plant-based diet, compared to when eating meat.
PRO: Getting all of your protein from plants significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.
PRO: A plant-based diet has more antioxidants, which aid muscle recovery after exercise by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. Conversely, eating meat can cause a build-up of bacterial endotoxins which can actually increase inflammation.
PRO: Energy for exercise is mostly from glycogen, which you get from carbohydrates. If you consume more calories as carbs rather than meat, then your body will be able to store and use more glycogen when exercising.
CON: Vegetables lack vitamin B12, so a vegan diet requires B12 supplements.
PRO: A plant-based diet is better for your cholesterol levels.
CON: Vegan males have lower testosterone levels than meat-eaters.
CON: Vegans don't get enough protein in their diet.