Vegan Food – Is it Health Food?

Go to the supermarket and you will be overwhelmed with all the vegan alternatives in the aisle. There are vegan milks, vegan meats, vegan butters, vegan yogurts, vegan snacks and the list is endless. For those that have been vegan or those that are trying to live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, it seems like there is a plethora of food options for you now. Are all these options healthy for you? Have you read the labels on some of these vegan foods? The list of ingredients is important and it’s prudent to read all labels. Many of these items have added sugar, some bad fats and other chemicals that may not be particularly healthy. One example of a meatless entree recently reviewed has jackfruit listed in the ingredients. This fruit is similar to fig but it does not contain much protein. Jackfruit is mostly carbohydrates so it’s probably not the best substitute for meat if you are seeking protein. Another issue is that some vegan foods are highly processed. They may have some veggies listed as an ingredient but recognize that they may not be the whole foods you need for your diet. Generally, if you want to have a vegan diet, it’s best to consume whole foods – the actual fruit, vegetable, nut, etc. Also, just because it is vegan does not mean that it is great for you. Oreos, gummi bears, Wheat Thins, even some pop tarts are vegan. vegetarians and vegans  
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