With all the antibiotics found in today’s meat products, as well as things such as fillers, additives, and chemicals, many individuals are considering making the switch to a vegan diet. Of course, when making any kind of change, all aspects of that change need exploring. There are many healthy aspects of a vegan diet. * In earlier days, vegan diets consisted of only vegetables. This is not the case today, however. Vegan diets now include meat-free items such as veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs. Some companies are now developing vegetarian products such as "steak strips" or "chicken nuggets." * Going out to eat for a vegetarian used to be a cause for concern. Variety was non-existent or limited at best. Today, however, almost every restaurant has a complete vegan menu from which to choose. * Studies have shown that eating a diet that is high in animal fats can lead to several diseases such as a higher risk of cancer and diabetes. Vegan diets exclude animal by-products, thereby eliminating these risks. * Articles have appeared showing that eating a diet that is based on plants can reduce the risk and possibly even reverse progression of chronic illnesses. * Vegan diets have been shown to reduce cholesterol. * Vegan diets can be high in protein through eating foods such as nuts and beans. * Fiber is an extra-added bonus of the vegan diet as many vegetables are naturally high in fiber. * Another positive aspect of a vegan diet is the mental health benefit, so to speak. Vegans do not use or wear anything that is based on an animal by-product. For example, a true vegan does not purchase leather, some types of makeup and fur. This gives a vegan the feeling that they are positively contributing to a cause. * Lower blood pressure, risk of heart disease, and lower cholesterol are all healthy side effects of a vegan diet. * Vitamins such as C and E as well as magnesium, iron and folic acid are found in plant-based foods in a vegan diet. * Lower saturated fat, a lower obesity rate, and fewer calories are also benefits of a vegan diet. As you can see, a plant-based vegan diet has many benefits for your health. Vegan diets also have the added bonus of variety.