Several non-vegans feel that stopping the consumption of meat will reduce testosterone levels in the human body. However, that notion is not true. Despite that, it is discouraging several men from following a fully plant-based diet. Now, let us look at some more pieces of information to explain why that is a myth.
Can They Have The Higher Hormone Levels? Here Is What Research Says
Vegans have 13% higher concentrations of the hormone as compared to carnivore people, plus 8% higher than vegetarian dieters. We are not making that up as it is as per a recent piece of research featured in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Cancer. Anyhow, it is worth noting that the discoveries of the study are based on the tests done on around 700 men, including 233 vegans.
A different study from 2009 had discoveries akin to the above, and it had dispelled the misconceptions about soy. As per that study, the plant-based food ingredient soy protein had no impact on the aforesaid hormone levels. That means it could not contribute to increasing its levels, i.e., if you go by the study’s discovery. Future research corroborated that, and it discovered no relative distinction between the hormonal levels in carnivores and vegans.
Are There Higher Concentrations Of Testosterone In Women Vegans?
Given the information we know regarding the relative hormone levels of non-vegan and vegan men, some women might wonder whether their vegan diets would affect their testosterone levels. The ovaries of women produce estrogen and testosterone. Anyhow, it is worth noting that the female reproductive organs produce fewer amounts of testosterone than those kinds of body parts in men. As of now, there exists no evidence that vegan women’s hormone levels are higher as compared to carnivore women.
All of the above means that women and men could thrive on vegan diets provided that they lead a healthy way of life. It is important to exercise frequently as well as consume fewer processed food items and fewer preservatives, to stay healthy.
Choosing a vegan way of life will not deprive you of anything except for some dairy items that you cherish. It is easier to stop eating meat in that you are unlikely to feel an urge to restart having it long after switching to a vegan diet. Conversely, you are more likely to feel an impulse to have a delicious dairy product you once enjoyed.