Vegans consume less unhealthy saturated fats and more dietary fibre and phytochemicals. Lowering LDL cholesterol in the blood can help you live longer. The body does not lack any nutrients in a healthy, balanced vegan diet. Proteins are essential but are not only found in meat. A vegan diet with pulses, nuts and whole grains is a good source of protein. A vegan diet is particularly well supplied with folic acid and vitamin C.