Since the beginning of the year, I've focused on eating vegan, for many of the usual reasons, but mostly because I want to.
Many nutritional benefits come from a vegan diet full of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products. Eating a healthy vegan diet has shown to prevent a number of diseases. In addition to good nutrition and disease prevention, eating vegan also provides many physical benefits. The typical American diet not only consists of too much food, it also relies on too much of unnecessary food products or toxins. From helping the environment to avoiding serious bacterial infections, a vegan diet can be a much healthier way to eat. (From NursingDegree.net)
Last couple of days, our son Tazer has gotten interested, mostly because he believes vegans get to eat more good bread than carnivores. Not altogether wrong, but not really right either. Yesterday, when I got home from work, he very seriously came up to me and asked, "Papa, do you REALLY like that vegan cheese?" We'd gone over to Whole Foods and I'd bought some vegan cheeses to try out, to add some familiarity and dimension to my sandwiches. Truth is, vegan cheese is not very good on its own. The two I've had in recent days, both "American" one soy-based, the other rice, taste very plasticky and fake on their own. However, on a bagel, they are just fine.
My ultimate goal is to move away from these highly processed foods to more of a whole foods diet, but it's interesting to see how far, and how little, vegan foods have progressed since I was last seriously vegan 25 or so years ago.
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