It can be difficult to keep up with all the food products that are readily accessible to us. Although it is great that we have so many options, we really need to do our research and make sure that we are getting the nutritional value we expect.
If you choose a plant-based diet, it’s important to be very proactive about making sure you get these two key nutrients: vitamin D and calcium.
In case you need a refresher, a vegan is someone who eats absolutely no animal foods. This includes meat, fish, eggs, dairy, gelatin and even honey. A vegetarian does not eat meat or fish, however, may eat what are called ‘secondary animal products.’ These products include eggs, milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products.
There is so much confusion about what exactly is considered healthy eating. For example, one of the biggest diet debates right now is whether animal foods (meat, dairy and eggs) are good for us and necessary in order for us to be nutritionally balanced or whether we should completely eliminate these foods and be vegan.
Black veganism. To some, this may sound like an oxymoron. Why? Well many people may assume that a black/African American vegan is actually very rare.
A vegan diet is a plant-based diet, completely void of animal foods like meat, seafood, eggs and dairy. Vegans eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Eating vegan eliminates many processed foods in the American diet, like donuts and baked goods, which may contain butter, milk and eggs. Furthermore, going vegan requires that you avoid foods containing animal-derived ingredients or additives, like gelatin, which is found in many candy products, Jell-O, marshmallows and other ‘not-so-good-for-you’ foods.
One way to be proactive about the health of your gums is adopting a plant- based diet. A whole plant-based diet is considered an anti-inflammatory diet (as opposed to a pro-inflammatory diet). And gingivitis is caused by inflammation, which is also believed to be the root cause of many ailments.
If you’re used to eating meat, dairy and other animal foods, you may find that following a vegan diet, which is plant-based and avoids all animal foods, can be very challenging. Despite the increasing presence of vegan restaurants with meat alternatives like the Impossible Burger and vegan bloggers giving us plenty of #veganinspiration, giving up meat and cheese can be challenging.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. And for many adults, sodium intake should be no more than 1,500 mg.
A fruitarian couple recently went viral. Twenty-six-year-old Simon Beun and his fiancé Tina Stoklosa, 39, travel the world on the hunt for different kinds of fruit. Stoklosa says she struggled with weight issues and eating disorders for years until she became a fruitarian. She and Beun say they have eaten mostly just fruit for three years. They document their fruit-pursuing journeys on social media and have become, I guess you could say, somewhat ‘instafamous.’
Plant-based products are taking over grocery store shelves. From black bean burgers, veggie burgers and mushroom based patties, the variety of plant based ‘meat’ products can be dizzying.
Forty-four days before performing at Coachella this past April, Beyonce announced to her more than 100 million Instagram followers that she would be eating vegan to get in ultimate shape for the big show.
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