Is a vegan diet healthier than a regular diet? This is a question that I’ve really struggled with over the years. On the surface, it seems quite straightforward. Vegan dieters are shown to live longer, have fewer health issues, and are generally fitter and leaner than people who follow regular diets.
But does that mean that a vegan diet is actually healthier than a regular diet? Or is it just that people who are healthier and more conscious of their fitness are more likely to be drawn to a vegan lifestyle?
Episode two of Beer n Biceps’ second series tackles this exact question.
It depends on how you define a regular diet. It is difficult to define a “regular diet”. If you live in the Mediterranean, then your idea of a regular diet is going to be a lot different to someone living beside a KFC in Texas.
The problem is that the vegan diet is often compared to a BAD omnivore diet. Of course, it is going to be healthier! But what if you compared it to the ideal omnivore diet? The results would be different. Vegan diets are naturally low in l-carnitine, creatine, and B-vitamins. While the ideal omnivore diet is going to be packed with them.
The most healthy diet is often cited as being the Mediterranean diet. But it is really the Mediterranean lifestyle that is truly healthy. You could eat the healthiest diet imaginable. But if you are breathing in pollution, not exercising at all, and you live a very stressful life then you are NOT healthy.
I go into a lot more detail about this in the podcast. My opinion is that vegan diets can be healthy, particularly compared with a bad omnivore diet. But a good omnivore diet is healthier than a good vegan diet because there is more variety.
I’ve written about Buxton Brewery before, in my article on the Yellow Belly Saga. It is well worth a read if you enjoy petty arguments and beer-related drama. What that article does not really convey is how much I love their beer. Matters of Perspective is a 6.6% IPA that is very hoppy. Perhaps too hoppy for my taste, but a seriously good IPA nonetheless.
I also talk about what makes a good deadlift warm-up and give my honest opinion on squat shoes (they work, but not for everyone). So give it a listen, and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any questions that you want answered on the show then please comment below. Or call me a bellend. You do you.
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.