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Vegan foods better for you?

Note: this post has been updated in December 2020.

Are vegan foods better for your health than regular food?

Be careful with your answer as you may be surprised! It seems that more and more individuals are reading the literature and heeding the warning about how terrible the American diet truly is, and they are wanting to make a lifestyle change by eating good healthy foods and taking note of the large availability of vegan food.

Vegan junk foods

Not all vegetarian or vegan foods are healthy or created equally. In fact, many vegan foods are filled with processed fillers, preservatives, and “bad” fats that can ruin the whole concept of going vegan for your health.

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If you are vegan, the rule of thumb is to stay away from processed food the same as you would if you were not vegan and want to eat healthily. The real key here is to stay away from processed foods! - via 3 Vegan Food Mistakes (Is Vegan Healthy?)

Healthy Vegan Processed Foods?

Big store brands have done a great job of changing the public’s image of soy and other veggie vegan foods. Store brands do a great job of advertising their mock meats as good low-fat sources of protein. They talk about the benefits of soy protein and recommend them for medical conditions ranging from diabetes to menopause.

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Most of us are smart enough to realize vegan mock meats and other processed foods aren’t exactly healthy. Just like with other processed foods, they contain high amounts of sodium and low amounts of nutrients and fiber. However, few realize just how unhealthy – and downright harmful – these vegan processed foods can be.

The term “healthy” should never be applied to processed foods. Even when these foods are made without harmful chemicals or additives, they aren’t going to compare to fresh foods like local veggies and whole grains.

The term “healthy” should never be applied to processed foods.  Even when these foods are made without harmful chemicals or additives, they aren’t going to compare to fresh foods like local veggies and whole grains.

But we don’t always have the time to cook fresh foods every day, so those vegan processed foods can be very tempting.  If you do have to eat processed foods, then at least follow these guidelines:

  1. Don’t make processed foods the main part of the meal.  Serve them with tons of veggies and whole grains.
    2. Opt for the lesser evil.  Choose foods that are free of GMOs and hexane.

Check out the link below for information on the Necessary Nutrients for Vegans and Vegetarians. Necessary Nutrients for Vegans and Vegetarians

Another option to start your health journey

Join the Physicians Committee's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart to receive meal plans, recipes, and advice from nutrition experts. This service is free and will help you take control of your health with a vegan diet.  Our low-fat plant-based recipes, developed by chefs, dietitians, and experts in vegan cuisine, provide nutritious meals that are both healthy and delicious. Within 21 days you will start to see results and won’t look back! via - 21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Time to take action for your health

If you want a delicious diet, The Forks Over Knives Plan, which you can place into practice in your own life. The easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman use every day in their nutritional health practice.  It is a simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium.

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