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What is a Vegan Diet?
Posted By Nava On April 11, 2012 @ 10:47 pm In Healthy Eating Tips | 2 Comments
What is a vegan diet, and how is it different from a vegetarian diet? Sometimes called a plant-based diet, vegans avoid all animal products in the diet, including eggs, dairy product, and even honey. Vegetarians avoid meat, fowl, and seafood; For most vegans, ethical factors weigh in equally, if not more so, as health and environmental issues. Concerns for animal welfare and the embracing of a more compassionate lifestyle means that many vegans won’t wear leather or wool. In general, any products that are animal-derived or that contain animal byproducts are avoided.
Before going vegan, I worried that family meals might be impossibly restrictive, but making the transition for home cooking was surprisingly easy. With the variety of nondairy cheeses and milks so readily available, we can still enjoy favorite recipes. The bottom line, though, is that eating vegan is not just about substituting one kind of cheese for another so that you can still have pizza. The optimal vegan diet, like any ideal diet, is abundant with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, including plenty of leafy greens, whole grains, beans and other legumes, nuts, and seeds. Even if you have no intention of going vegan yourself, anyone can benefit from enjoying a completely plant-based meal from time to time. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how hearty and satisfying it can be.
RESOURCES, BOOKS, AND TIPS FOR EXPLORING A VEGAN DIET
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According to Brenda Davis, R.D., and Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., authors of Becoming Vegan,  “The vast majority of studies assessing the dietary intakes and nutritional status of vegans reassure us that well-planned vegan diets can supply adequate nutrition…It is important to recognize, however, that as with nonvegetarian or lacto-ovo vegetarian diets, vegan diets can be both adequate and inadequate.” The most important first step in going vegan is to seek reliable information, read, and learn.
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 Vegan Substitutions Guide: http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/vegan-substitutions/
 Great Reasons to Go Vegan: http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/reasons-go-vegetarian/
 Planning Healthy Vegan Diets: http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/planning-healthy-vegan-diets/
 Vegetarian / Vegan Nutrition for Teenagers: http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/teenagers/
 Protein for Plant-Based Diets: http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/protein/
 Becoming Vegan,: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/1570671036/vegetariankit-20
 Vegan for Life,: http://www.vegkitchen.com/book-reviews/vegan-for-life-by-jack-norris-rd-and-virginia-messina-mph-rd/
 Living Vegan For Dummies,: http://www.vegkitchen.com/bookstore/living-vegan-for-dummies/
 The Ultimate Vegan Guide,: http://www.vegkitchen.com/book-reviews/the-ultimate-vegan-guide-by-erik-marcus/
 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition,: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/1615641017/vegetariankit-20
 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living.: http://www.vegkitchen.com/bookstore/complete-idiot’s-guide-to-vegan-living/
 My books: http://www.vegkitchen.com/category/navas-books/
 vegan cookbook reviews. : http://www.vegkitchen.com/category/book-reviews/
 The Vegetarian Resource Group : http://www.vrg.org
 Healthy Vegan Kitchen: http://www.vegkitchen.com/kitchen-tips/
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