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Why Whole Grains?

  By now, we all know that grains (especially whole grains ) offer numerous health benefits and we should all be eating more of them.  They are also an integral component of the vegan diet. What are Whole Grains?   Whole grains are nutritious because they contain all three parts of the grain.  The outer bran is chockfull of fiber, phytochemicals, and B vitamins. It also contains 50 to 80 percent of the grain’s health-promoting minerals.  The endosperm is rich in protein and carbohydrates.  The germ is also full of B vitamins and contains high amounts of vitamin E, phytochemicals, unsaturated fats, antioxidants, and dietary minerals.   Why Whole Grains? Whole grains are nutritionally superior to refined grains.  Whole grains are excellent sources of dietary fiber, protein, dietary minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.  Consuming whole grains as part of a healthy, balanced diet has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, colon cancer, and stomach cancer.   D
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Where do vegans get their protein?

  One of the questions that make vegans go bonkers is “ Where do you get your protein ?”  The other is “Does going vegan make you gassy?” While protein really shouldn’t be a worry for most well-informed vegans, it is still important to make sure that you are getting enough.  A diet lacking in protein will take its toll on your health as you age.  This is why it is important to eat a lot of beans.   Why Beans? Beans and other legumes are the best protein source for vegans .  They are chockfull of fiber, iron, protein, zinc, calcium, B vitamins, and minerals.  They are also particularly rich in the essential amino acid lysine, which does wonderful things for your bone health.  Mix beans (high in lysine, low in methionine) and rice (high in methionine, low in lysine) and you have a great meal with a protein content the same as that of meat.   Daily Recommendations The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine ( PCRM ) recommends eating two or more servings of beansa day.  These inclu

Vegan snacks

  Why are Snacks Important? Do you love eating snacks between breakfast, lunch and dinner? Just continue eating doing so, because you are doing your body good (so long as you’re eating healthy snacks).  Eating healthy snacks provides your body the nutrients it needs to function throughout the day.  As a result, your brain and body maintain optimal functions throughout the day.  It is true that you consume a few extra calories through snacking alone, but doing so will prevent you from eating large servings for lunch and dinner.  By eating snacks, you resist the temptation of overeating.  It also keeps your blood sugar level steady and balanced.   Vegan Snacks vs. Animal Products Snacks Being a vegan , it can sometimes be challenging to improve your snack palette.  If you’re tired of munching on granola bars and fruit slices, it can be tempting to regress back to animal product snacks.  Perhaps one of the reasons why you became vegan is the desire to consume only nutritious foods.  Most

What you need to know about animal products alternatives

Being vegan can be challenging because of the very limited availability of genuinely vegan products.  One reason why people are switching to a vegan lifestyle is the opportunity to provide their bodies with high quality nutrition through plant sources.  A lot of controversies are surrounding meat products – from meat glue to double dead meat to animal abuse.  Fortunately, there are many animal pr oducts alternatives. Animal products alternatives are healthier (and ethical) substitutes to dairy and certain animal produce.  As you know, a lot of recipes need, for example, milk.  Good animal products alternatives for milk can be almond milk or soy milk. When it comes to animal products alternatives,you should keep your expectations realistic. Animal products alternatives are sourced from plants; therefore, they are rarely at par with animal products, although at times, they could come close especially in consistency.   Animal products alternatives to Dairy, Egg and Meat Dairy, egg and me