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Uncle Sam Goes Vegan

Written by PETA | June 3, 2011

The just-released U.S. Department of Agriculture food guide, “MyPlate,” turns the old food pyramid on its meaty, fatty head and replaces it with a dish loaded with fruits, veggies, and grains. Meat has been replaced with “protein,” which includes beans, nuts, and seeds, and milk has been booted to the side, with soy milk suggested as an option.  

“We know that there are significant health benefits from consuming more fruits and vegetables, and that’s an opportunity for us to sort of move away from some of the meals that we’ve been preparing in the past,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It doesn’t take a lot [of effort] to [fill] your plate with half fruits and vegetables.” And vegetarians enjoy lower risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters do, according to the American Dietetic Association.

Finally—some government nutrition guidelines that are easy to swallow! Learn more about filling your plate with healthy veggies by ordering a free PETA vegetarian/vegan starter kit 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Diane says:

    this is so cute! Tips for transitioning to a vegan diet:

  • Sandy says:

    I recently posted Sir Paul McCartney’s video – glass houses on my facebook page and got ripped to pieces by parents because one of the girls wanted to become a vegetarian after having seen the video. I couldn’t beleive the ignorance from the parents! Some comments like, kill them and grill them! Wow, we need a lot of change to happen and the best way is to start.

  • maya says:

    I hate the protein myth– I was even bashed by one of my coworkers the other day, saying that I was going to get sick because of lack of protein. I just got my urine samples back, and it turns out I have too much protein in my system. PLEASE.

  • MA Moore says:

    Love it! It is about time since over 60% of the population is lactose intolerant. We are not designed to drink mile beyond infancy. Humans are the only animals who drink the milk of another species. Go Vegan Today =)

  • Mark says:

    Can’t believe they are still pushing the stupid industry-supported “protein myth.” Yarrgghh…..

  • Sheepshager says:

    You all make me sick, all plants that make a bean have feelings, and it is therefore immoral to eat them

  • Affiliate Network says:

    Informative and useful post! Thank you!

  • Lui says:

    Well… yes, it will turn off just like actual “healthy” eating does. Still, I don’t mind them eating sweets if they eat Vegan and cruelty free sweets :3

  • Seth says:

    I followed the link to and I didn’t see the soya milk suggestion. It says milk preferable low fat. Good to see meat off the plate and I would like to see dairy off too but it isn’t – they have a section on dairy as sources of calcium (not mentioning other sources). It also recommends lactose free milk before suggesting soya milk. As it stands soya milk is listed as a poor third alternative rather than the primary choice.

  • aclineo says:

    this plate thing is a great idea but im afraid it might turn a few ppl off from healthy eating because there’s no sweets/fats option even available. most ppl just aren’t that disciplined to avoid those completely.