Are you interested in pursuing a plant-based lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Read on for easy ways to swap out animal products for plant-based alternatives that still provide all the nutrients you need.
What is a healthful vegan diet? (the four vegan food groups)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A Few Lingering Questions
Demystifying Vegan Nutrition from International Vegan Association
Back in 2015, a body of experts convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), found—after looking at over 800 studies—that processed meat is “carcinogenic.” Unsurprisingly, meat industry trade associations like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the North American Meat Institute were quick to pan the finding, and claim that it “defies common sense.”
But now, a year and a half after the controversial report was released, a non-profit advocacy group is using the IARC report as the basis for two lawsuits against the Los Angeles and Poway, California school districts. Last Wednesday, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—which promotes a vegan, plant-based diet—filed the lawsuits, which claim that serving processed meat to students violates the California education code’s requirement that all food served have the “greatest nutritional value possible” and be of the “highest quality.”
“Guilt and shame are common reactions for vegans who get sick. Our diet is all too often portrayed as a way to get skinny and stay bulletproof against disease. Vegans who don’t reap those outcomes sometimes wonder if there is a place for them in our community of animal advocates.
Our book’s premise is that we are better advocates for animals and for our fellow vegans when we accept that vegan diets do not absolutely guarantee good health. And when we also face the fact of our own mortality.”
Plant-based diets are tied to a lower risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers – and pretty much anyone can eat this way, according to a leading group of nutritionists.
Vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of life, including during infancy, pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and old age, the authors write in a position statement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.