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Eating Healthy Vegan Style

Jul 2, 2008
Regardless of your reasoning, choosing to be Vegan is a true lifestyle change; it requires commitment beyond words. People choose to be Vegan for a variety of reasons. Some people do it because they feel the inhumane treatment of animals in the manufacturing of meats and by-products, like eggs or dairy, is wrong.

Some people choose not to eat meat for religious reasons. And there are some people who believe it's a healthier lifestyle. They feel the conventional Western diets of the United States, usually filled with meat and dairy is unhealthy and can lead to obesity and other diseases.

No matter the reason, Vegans must adjust their bodies to habits that have been bred into the Western world for centuries. Vegans must learn what true nourishment is and how to go about living a truly healthy Vegan lifestyle.

Because animal meat has always been the main source for protein for many people, Vegans must learn to find their protein from other sources besides meat. One of the highest sources of protein is that found in soybeans and soy products.

In fact, protein found in soy can be as high as protein found in many meats. In general, soybeans have more protein than any other bean and lots of other edible plants. Protein from soy is also easily digested and can, in fact, help the digestive system in many ways. Research has been conducted and studies found that protein in soy foods can lower cholesterol by approximately 9%.

Fiber is important to Vegans because it is filling and it works the body's many systems. Fiber has been found to improve the circulatory system, the digestive system, and to fight off some cancers and chronic diseases. In fact, research has even been conducted regarding fibrous foods' positive affects on blood glucose levels and cholesterol.

Fiber can add bulk to any food, leaving a person feeling full and satisfied. Because some fiber is soluble, meaning it will dissolve in water, many Vegans choose fiber foods that are a combination of soluble and insoluble, for example soybeans. Soybeans and soy products contain large amounts of fiber.

Research has shown that the amount of fiber you need is based upon age and gender. Women between the ages of 19 and 50 will need approximately 25 grams of fiber per day, while men in this same age group will need at least 30 grams of fiber per day. For Vegans, the amount of fiber needed daily is even higher. A Vegan needs to add another 5 grams of fiber to his or her diet daily.

It's important that Vegans also receive other vitamins and minerals in their food. Eating a healthy variety of foods that includes lots of vegetables and high protein and fiber meals will aid in nourishing the Vegan body. Eating healthy foods high in good protein and fiber and low in fats will also have affects on long-term health.
About the Author
Dee Overly is a mother who discovered the health benefits of soy milk and now sells a Soymilk Maker at www.SoymilkCrossroads.com. Stop by and pick your free Vegan recipe book and check out the blog.
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