Vegan Junk Food and Health

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There has been an explosion in the market for vegan and raw food diets in recent years. More people are choosing to go it alone and live completely on plant-based foods. The main reason for this increase in demand is health. People are getting sick and tired of eating toxic food that’s been cooked in vegetable oils.To begin with, vegan junk food IS junk. It’s not good for your health, period. Non-raw meat, which is most often a major component of vegan junk food, is actually a form-aldehyde, a known carcinogen. Non-vegan meats, cheeses, fish, nuts, and other dairy products can also contain high levels of saturated fat, sugar, salt and other unhealthy fillers.

But that’s not all that’s bad in terms of vegan junk food. Because of the rise in demand, farmers have been allowed to mass cultivate feed crops such as corn and cotton, and make antibiotics and pesticides used on conventional livestock farms even more toxic. This, along with the fact that more animals are being raised in confined spaces, means that the nutrient value of the meat products has come down. The animal feed that is used to feed the cattle, pork, chicken and eggs used for foods has also come down in quality. So while a vegan diet may seem better for lowering cholesterol and other health risks, you can expect your vegan junk food to contain a higher amount of unhealthy fillers and lower nutritional value.

Health Concern

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Even with all the health concerns associated with a vegan foods diet, I’m still not ready to totally eliminate meat from my diet. My overall moral stance is that I believe in animal rights and do not feel that an animal should suffer for humans. I respect animal rights and believe in working to better the world in which we live. That being said, I do believe that it’s important to eat dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and lean meats.

While some people argue that legumes are important to a vegan diet, I disagree. While they provide nutrients like fiber and protein, they also contain large amounts of saturated fat and sugar. While many vegan diets include legumes, the addition of beans and seeds to their diets has reduced or eliminated the need to include them as a protein source. They can be added in small portions, though.

For people who are considering making the switch to a vegan diet, it may be tempting to go with the same old junk – burgers, fries and hot dogs. Though there is some debate over whether or not these are the healthiest choices, one thing that is not negotiable is the fact that eating meat causes you to ingest large amounts of saturated fat. Even if the reduction of saturated fat reduces your consumption of calories, it will still increase your total fat mass, which can lead to negative health outcomes.

Vegan Lifestyle Advocates

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Some vegan lifestyle advocates suggest that by steering clear of meat, you can live a healthier life. That may be true, but there are other things to consider as well. One is the reduction of saturated fat, another is exercise, and a third is eating more fiber. If you do reduce your intake of red meat, you will likely increase your consumption of poultry, fish and nuts as well. By increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits, you will likely drop your consumption of red meats and processed food. In short, this isn’t just a “vegan” diet, but a healthier one.

Overall, it appears that vegetarians and vegans may have similar dietary needs. They do, however, differ when it comes to adding certain types of supplements to their diet to compensate for a lack of calcium in their diet.

Final Verdict

Vegans and vegetarians who follow a varied vegetarian or vegan meal plan usually include a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Those not eating too much red meat and poultry may find that they need a vitamin B supplement to add to their nutrition needs.

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