So today I thought I would bring a bit of a new one – bear with me. I understand that people have a massive conception that eating vegan/ healthy is expensive. I also understand that there are a new wave of university students who may be trying to find ways of saving money, but are about to reluctantly live off pot noodles once they find their loan cripple down to the depths of nothingness. Dramatic, but I figured I’d jump in and save the day. I’m about to show you how choosing the vegan option can save you more than just your wallet though, but an incomparable factor in your weight loss and a benefit your health. Spoiler: It’s not all about eating rabbit food!
Price Comparison: Tesco Mince Meat
With a great post comes a great example and a great Vegan replacement for Mince Meat comes from Tesco: Tesco Meat Free Mince 454G for £1.75. There is a Promotional deal on at the moment which allows you to buy 3 for £4. This works out a whopping 1,362 Grams of Mince to be used abundantly throughout the week. The best thing about this mince is that the stuff is freezable, allowing you to pick and choose the product freely without it going ‘off’ anytime soon. You can even go as far as to say this is saving money and the environment by not contributing to food waste!
Just to emphasise on this, if you were to buy two lots of the 500g Tesco Beef Mince meat, you would be paying more money for less product: costing £5 for only 1,000G. That is £1 extra for 362 grams less food.
Sure, we may be trying to save money, but that shouldn’t mean compromising on health! Heres the GREAT news that needs shouting from the rooftops. Not only by choosing the Vegan option are you saving money but you are, quiet literally, saving your health.
Firstly, if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight, the vegan option boasts a measly 100 calories per quarter, whereas the meat options is more than DOUBLE that rate with an overly-generous 262 calories. Sure, not everything is about calories, and I try my hardest to suggest sticking to as many whole-foods as you can fit in your diet, but this just goes to show that animal products are generally more calorically dense. As a result, it may be more difficult to lose weight without strong portion restriction, feeling hungry and lethargic on an animal based diet. Choosing the vegan option, in this case, is a strong indication that you can eat a larger portion of your favourite food, whilst making it a whole lot easier for you to stick to your caloric needs. No restriction necessary.
It is well-known that Saturated Fat can raise the risk of high cholesterol and Heart Disease. The fat is considerably drastic, at x18 times the amount compared to the Vegan option, with Saturates being more than 40% of your daily recommended. The vegan option shows a minimal amount of these, ensuring that your heart health is something that need not be considered when enjoying your spag bol. I invite you to watch What The Health to gain more information on the correlating between eating meat and your health.
Did you think you had caught me out? Afterall, we only ever wonder about where we get our protein from, and surely, the meat option would exceed the vegan option. Consider yourself mind blown at the fact the Vegan Mince offers almost 15G of Protein (per 100G), with the meat option only offering 19.7G (per 100G). While no, it does not exceed the meat based protein, it does offer an incomparable amount considering it is a veggie option. Crazy considering we’re all a bunch of leaf-eaters.
So, there is a clear winner here. Choosing the vegan option, in this case, has been a winner on all levels: price, weight loss and health. This doesn’t even consider more ethical reasons to go vegan, such as the environment, climate change, and the animals. These are all incredible things you automatically contribute to, without needing to do much at all. Instead, it’s a win-win scenario which I find difficult to find any fault in. I do hope that I’ve sparked an interest in you and maybe even helped you.
I would now love to hear what your thoughts are, or if you have any vegan replacement suggestions.