24
Jun
07

Surprising info about being a VEGAN

I have been a Vegetarian since i was 13 years old, I chose to go vegetarian for a few reasons the main one being that i just didn’t like the taste of meat. For the past 3 years i have struggled with going vegan, i was vegan for about 4 months and then i “relapsed” a few months later i was vegan again for about 1 month. I struggle because i LOVE cheese and sweets(most of which have eggs and or milk in them) After extensive research i have decided yet again to go vegan, this time i am confident that i will last a lot longer then 4 months, this is a life style choice, a health choice and a long term decision. I won’t go into the environmental or saving the animals debates and sides of veganisim only the interesting health related information i found.

There were a few things that i found during research that i think everyone should be aware of. First i should start by saying that a Vegan is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs. Also most vegans also avoid fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.The consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon and lung cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, obesity, and a number of other debilitating conditions.

Dairy products, which contain no fiber or complex carbohydrates at all, are about as high-fat as they come: A glass of milk is 49 percent fat; Swiss and cheddar cheeses are more than 65 percent fat; ice cream and yogurt are almost 50 percent fat; even “low-fat” milk and “nonfat” cottage cheese, which many consumers mistakenly believe to be fat-free, are more than 20 percent fat . The dairy industry tries to deceive us-labeling milk “2 percent,” when, in fact, more than 30 percent of that milk’s calories come from fat, or labeling cottage cheese “non fat,” when one-fifth of its calories come from fat! Also Some doctors suspect that the fat, animal protein, sugar, and hormones in milk irritate the skin, causing break-outs.

Some quick facts:

Meat is full of traces of antibiotics, hormones, toxins produced by stress & pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten

Fish contain heavy metals & other pollutants -many of which originated on farms

Farmed animals contain upto 50% saturated fat in their bodies

Vegans have a %57 reduced risk of getting heart disease

Not all wines, beers and spirits are vegan – or even vegetarian, some even contain ox blood.

Bone char is used by some makers of white sugar during the refining process (around 50% of all made from sugar cane, according to Wikipedia).

Milk has pus in it.

Check out these sites for more info

http://www.vegguide.org/

http://www.vegansociety.com/

http://www.vegan.org

http://www.peta2.com

http://www.goveg.com

http://veganfreak.net/

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1 Response to “Surprising info about being a VEGAN”


  1. 24, June, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Scary stuff! I don’t understand how stuff like that is approved to be put on shelves! ek!


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