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Vegan Food and Nutrition
Veganism is a growing movement and diet. Some vegans eschew animal products in food, clothing, and products for ethical reasons. Others refrain from meat, eggs, and dairy products due to allergies or other health concerns. Eating vegan means removing all animal products from your diet, including meat, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, gelatin, and any other food that comes from an animal. Strict vegans avoid dyes made from beetle and honey produced by bees.
Why Go Vegan?
There are a variety of reasons people go vegan, but here are a few of the most common:
• Health — animal products are often higher in fat and cholesterol than non-animal products, and studies have shown that eating less animal products, or cutting them out altogether, is one step that people can take to lower their cholesterol. Other studies have shown that veganism can help people with diabetes maintain healthier insulin and weight levels.
• Allergies — many people suffer from dairy allergies, and eating vegan is a way for them to avoid milk and dairy products such as cheese. Some people who eat eggs and meat may make or eat vegan baked goods because they are dairy-free.
• Ethical concerns — a lot of people go vegan because they are concerned about the way animals are treated. Some vegans believe we should never eat animals or their products because it is wrong to eat another living being. Other vegans do not eat meat or dairy to protest the abusive conditions on factory farms or other large-scale agricultural operations.
Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?
It is a common misconception that it is difficult to get protein as a vegan. However, vegans derive protein from a number of sources, including dark, leafy greens, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy products, and seitan. Most vegans are able to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
Where Can I Buy Vegan Food?
Naturally vegan food, such as fruit, vegetables, and many grains, can be found in any supermarket. Specialty vegan foods, such as vegan baked goods, may be found in natural foods stores, vegan bakeries, or restaurants or shops that make it a point to offer vegan goods.
Going vegan does not have to mean depriving yourself of filling, delicious meals or sweet treats. The following recipes are great meals and desserts to try on Meatless Monday or any day of the week.
Sweet Potato Burrito with Salsa Verde
Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
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