Feature Article: What is a Vegan Diet and is it Really Healthy?


By Sheila Buck

A vegan diet is a vegetarian diet that excludes meat, fish, eggs, dairy and poultry products. Vegans do not use other animal products including; fur, silk and other things obtained from the use of animals. People choose a vegan diet for health, environmental and/or ethical reasons.

The vegan diet consists of eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and tofu. The healthy vegan uses these foods in a manner that also allows them to get all the nutrients they need. Although these foods may sound bland, there are many meals that can be made with them including:

  • Smoothies
  • Lasagna
  • Chili
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Deserts
  • Stir fry
  • Pancakes
  • French toast

If done correctly, a vegan diet can be very healthy. If you would like to start a vegan diet, consult your physician first. He may set you up with a nutritionist who can help you to plan the diet, so you will get the nutrients you need. There are helpful web sites that also give information on this form of diet, as well as food lists that give you specific nutrients.

References:

Mayoclinic.com- Vegetarian Diet: How to get the best nutrition

The Vegetarian Resource Group: Veganism in a Nutshell

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

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