Friday, December 21, 2007

Adam's Vegan Rant part 1

Why Vegan?

The consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon and lung cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, obesity, and a number of other debilitating conditions. Cows' milk contains ideal amounts of fat and protein for young calves, but far too much for humans. And eggs are higher in cholesterol than any other food, making them a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease.

The American Dietetic Association reports that vegetarian/vegan diets are associated with reduced risks for all of these conditions.

Vegan foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans, are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are rich in fiber and nutrients. Vegans can get all the protein they need from legumes (e.g., beans, tofu, peanuts) and grains (e.g., rice, corn, whole wheat breads and pastas); calcium from broccoli, kale, collard greens, tofu, fortified juices and soymilks; iron from chickpeas, spinach, pinto beans, and soy products; and B12 from fortified foods or supplements.

With planning, a vegan diet can provide all the nutrients we were taught as schoolchildren came only from animal products. For more on the health benefits of vegan diets, visit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine




The Creators Corner said...
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The Creators Corner said...

Wait a second, you mean we should actually pay attention to what goes into our bodies (our most important assets)? That sounds confusing.
Great post, you and Jill have really helped us to change our paradigms about eating. What a great thing to focus on what our bodies need and do our best to plan meals and really strive to cleanse the inner vessel first- You should post some good vegan recipes!