VEGAN FOODS: The vegans out there may be asking, “Are there any vegan foods that I should avoid?”
Well, there are, and they’re the ones with a lot of fruit and vegetables, according to research published by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
The study examined the health of more than 1.5 million people who had a healthy diet and were also vegan for one year.
Researchers found that those who ate more fruits and vegetables than processed foods and meat were more likely to be physically active and to live longer.
Vegans were also healthier than nonvegans, as well as having a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
“Vegetarians are a small segment of the population, but they’re a substantial group,” said lead author Susanne Wehner, a researcher in the NAS Department of Nutrition and Food Science.
“The study is a step in the right direction to show that there are a lot more people who are vegan than there are vegans.”
The researchers looked at the diet of more, but not all, of the 1.6 million people, looking for a mix of fruits and veggies that varied from meat to no meat.
They found that vegans ate the same amount of fruits as meat eaters, but had about half as many fruits.
Vegers also ate more vegetables, but about one-third of them had less than one cup per day.
The researchers also looked at how much fruit and vegetable a person consumed, as a percentage of their total daily calories.
For example, vegetarians ate more than one-fourth of their daily calories from fruits and greens, compared to about one third of their calories from meat.
Vegetarians also had more vitamin D than meat eatters, and a lower incidence of heart and kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
But, vegetians also had a lower prevalence of depression, as did vegans.
The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition.
More than half of the people surveyed reported consuming more than 30 grams of fruits per day, compared with only about 20 grams for veg eaters.
Vegetarian vegans also had fewer obesity-related problems than meat and poultry eaters and were less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and use illicit drugs.
Vegos also had lower levels of total cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease and other diseases.
The study found that vegetarian vegans were more healthy than non-vegan vegetarians, and had lower risks of cancer, diabetes and stroke, and were more physically active.
The USDA recommends that people limit their consumption of processed meats and processed fruits to 1.25 ounces of meat and 1 ounce of fruits each day, and reduce their consumption to zero if they have diabetes or heart disease.
Veggans were also less likely than non vegans to use tobacco or other tobacco products, according a USDA statement.
“While the number of vegans in the United States is growing, we still have a long way to go,” Wehner said.
“Vegans are in the minority in this country, and their numbers are on the rise.
But this study suggests that people who choose a vegetarian diet and have a healthy lifestyle should still consider the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
The good news is that we can eat a lot, and that our health is much better when we eat the right amount of fruit, vegetables and legume foods.”
To learn more about healthy eating, check out our list of the healthiest foods on Earth.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a vegan, check with your doctor to learn more.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating meat and fish only once a week, as part of a balanced diet.
The recommended daily allowance of sodium is about 300 milligrams, while the recommended daily intake of potassium is about 1,300 milligram.
Read more about vegans and health at nytimes.com.