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Eating a diet free of meat and dairy means a diet lower in saturated fat, which has been linked to an increased risk for obesity and other health issues. A vegan diet also promotes abundant consumption of healthful, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber, making it a great choice for anyone looking to eat healthier.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to eat vegan is the benefit to the environment. Meat and animal-based food production is the single greatest drain on environmental resources in the country and globally. It takes roughly 10 times the resources (including water, deforested land, and fossil fuels) to produce meat product as plant-based foods.
Vegans obviously enjoy the benefit of knowing no animals are harmed in the making of their meals. Unlike many other species, humans are omnivores, meaning they are able to live on a variety of diets, including one that is plant-based. For those who consider animal welfare a top priority, a vegan diet plan can be a rewarding and nourishing choice.
Vegans can get plenty of protein, relying on a variety of plant-based protein sources such as legumes (beans, peas, lentils), whole grains, nuts, seeds (such as chia, flax, and hemp), soy (including edamame, tempeh, seitan & tofu), nutritional yeast, and vegetables, which can have more than 5 grams of protein per cup. While you do need to consume nine amino acids to create a "complete" protein, recent research has shown that it is not necessary to consume all nine amino acids simultaneously in one meal. As long as plenty of protein types are included as part of a diet overall, a vegan diet can be just as balanced in protein as that of a meat-eater.
It is important to note that going "plant-based" need not be an all-or-nothing approach. A "chegan" is a term for someone who eats mostly plant-based and "cheats" with animal products for special occasions, certain treats, or on certain days of the week. Any amount you shift your consumption toward plant-based foods can have a positive impact on your wellness and that of the environment. For some people, a chegan lifestyle is a great way to balance vegan values and inevitable deviation.
Start small! By all means, try eating one or two vegan meals a week to experiment with recipes and new foods. Make your way to a few days a week, and you'll eventually find that there are more than enough vegan options to fill weeks, months, and years with satisfying and nourishing foods. Giving up your favorites like bacon, ice cream, and calamari can be tough, but we suggest finding comparable vegan substitutes (as long as they're not filled with processed junk) or letting yourself be a "chegan" to fulfill occasional cravings. Whether you stick strictly to a vegan, plant-based diet, or allow yourself to indulge in some forms of animal-based food occasionally, Sun Basket has recipes for you.