Written by PETA
According to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three out of four Americans will be overweight by 2020, causing disease rates and health care costs to expand almost as quickly as Americans' waistlines. Also this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study concluding that only 26 percent of U.S. adults eat vegetables three or more times a day.
Coincidence? Not likely. Meat, cheese, eggs, milk, and other animal-derived products are loaded with saturated fat, calories, and artery-clogging cholesterol. Veggies, fruits, grains, and beans (aka "vegan food") tend to be low in fat, so they fill us up without filling us out. That could be why meat-eaters have three times the obesity rate of vegetarians and nine times the obesity rate of vegans.
Maybe this will be the wake-up call that convinces many Americans to take charge of their health by trading in beef for beans and going vegan.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes. He immediately took steps to improve his health. He eliminated his favorite things, ice cream, Mountain Dew, licorice, and sugary gum and candy, from his diet, and uses strict portion control in his meals. He has already had to have his pants taken in and his belly is disappearing before our very eyes. His blood sugar is still a little high, but it is going down. Eventually I am hoping we will both be able to give up meat and dairy (I can live without meat and most dairy but I am still a cheese addict). I have been able to use soymilk in recepies as long as my husband does not see me adding it (I use it in mashed potatoes). He loves vegetables and fruit so that is no problem. He looks healthier and he says he already feels better. Now if I could just get him to try Tofurky for Thanksgiving dinner....
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