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Vegans Are ‘In’ in 2011

Written by PETA | December 16, 2010

Good news, vegan pioneers. Your healthy lifestyle is one of the top 11 trends for 2011, according to the popular cooking website AllRecipes.com and trend analyst Robin Avni. According to a survey conducted by AllRecipes.com, people are ditching meat for a variety of reasons, the leading of which is concern for their health, followed by a desire to tighten their belts (both literally and figuratively) and protect the environment. Respondents also said that they have been inspired to delve into meatless cuisine by the abundance of yummy vegan recipes that are available.

Speaking of yummy vegan recipes, the venerable Good Housekeeping magazine has pretty much cemented vegans’ place in the mainstream by publishing a vegan cookbook, Simple Vegan!, that will be released in March of next year. Good Housekeeping has previously published several vegetarian cookbooks, including this year’s Family Vegetarian Cooking, but the new book marks its first collection of totally vegan fare.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pre-ordering my copy today. Nobody’s going to accuse me of being a bad housekeeper!

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • KristiPrice says:

    Yes people want to good health. But I personaly wish they were doing it for the sake of the animals and not their looks.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Ash,

    Without more details it’s hard to make anything of it.There are plenty of vegan foods with goodly amounts of bio-available calcium in them, such as broccoli, leafy greens,and fortified soy milk and orange juice. When you eat calcium-containing animal products, the absorption of calcium by the bones is inhibited by the high acidity of the animal proteins. The Inuit, for example, have a very high calcium intake (through fish bones), but the high acidity of the fish protein causes them to suffer widespread, devastating osteoporosis.You have to be aware also, that there is a lot of fear-mongering out there against vegan diets propagated by the meat and dairy industries. They have to protect their bottom lines after all.

    “Position Statement of the American Dietetic Association on Vegetarian / Vegan Diets: It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

  • Kenady says:

    To Missy: Yeah sorry NO; most people will realize why others are going vegan, and thats because its an amazing lifestyle! I love Peta<3

  • PETA says:

    Re: Sudfjhgj. A vegetarian diet with a healthy variety of food will more than adequately meet our nutritional needs—in fact, it’s healthier than eating meat! However, vitamin B12 does require special attention. Vegetarians can supplement their vitamin B12 intake by consuming nutritional yeast, multivitamins or B12 tablets, and other foods fortified with B12. Numerous cereals and brands of soy and rice milks have B12 (obtained from bacterial cultures) added to them. – PETA.

  • FerretGirl says:

    I agree with Dieda. This is all mostly for selfish health reasons. I first became vegan to save animals. It wasn’t until afterward I felt the benefits physically as well. These “trendy” people should be more educated on other reasons to go vegan. It is still a really good thing though…

  • Summer says:

    Having been a vegetarian for the past 26 years of my life I don’t think this is some kind of trend. Veganism is just a short step up after being vegetarian. Apart from the fact that you save lives you also look and feel better. I think newcomers may well be won over by the improvements it brings to their life. There was a big article in a mainstream magazine here in New Zealand called ‘next’ magazine issue nov 2010, well researched and written by a doctor. This lifestyle change is now becoming mainstream and when people realize the human species was designed to be herbivorous and they can avoid many diseases especially the ones that pass for ‘ageing’ then I hope they stay vegan. As someone who actively works in saving domestic and wild animals and the environment a veg diet is undeniable. The fact that you look and feels great is just a side blessing.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Missy, It’s no fad when the bulk of the survey respondents say they went vegan for health reasons. Who doesn’t want better health? Looking and feeling good is a pretty strong motivator.

  • ash says:

    What are your thoughts on the 12 year old in Scotland who was raised vegan from birth and now is hospitalized because she has the spine of 80 year old?

  • sudfjhgj says:

    Wouldn’t becoming vegan require taking supplements since some nutrients are only found in meat and meat by-products?

  • Dieda Artemis says:

    It’s nice to know that people are concerned about their health. But it would good if people were less selfish. There are other issues that deserve concern as well. But it is a very positive step.

  • Gala says:

    This is a good thing! The more that go vegan, the better the world could be. That’s not to say that we should push ourselves on others, but people should learn more about what they are eating.

  • Jack says:

    It´s more than a fad, it’s knowledge doing its job, reaching more people, nearing a critical mass!

  • Saucy says:

    One last story for 2010, I’d like to share with you all. Just before leaving NYC for the winter, for warmer climates (somewhere near Ft. Lauderdale) think “SUBLIME”. YUMMY! I was bunking up with, rented a small room from, somewhere in the projects, overlooking the East River, from a robust, Rubenesque youngish man of thirty-five from Puerto Rico. He was a carnivore alright! A big time meat-eater and I thought, this is going to be a waste of time. No way am I going to get “this guy” to stop eating meat. He eats goats for God’s Sakes. But he was a softy, a gentle giant, and I was drawn to the prayer honoring Christ hanging on the wall. I thought this is not going to be easy but I am going to plow forward, full speed ahead. I gave him my full schpiel the first night I was there. To my utter suprise, he didn’t attack me with a frying pan, but together in our fellowship and Love of Christ, he really heard me. He listened. I started out by giving him a little nibble here and there. When you’re on a budget like mine, thats all you can spare, and I told him to pay close attention to the, certain yummy items, that I was unwilling to part with, not even nibble. He was a Gardien, Morningstar affectionado in no time. One morning he said to me; “Saucy” he said, “I think I’m going to get in my car and head west and kick some factory farming butt”, he said, “I don’t like people who hurt animals”. I said “I know Mikey, I know” The next day he said, “Can’t we just go and let them loose, set the animals free”? I said “well, there are good people who do that” So! Inside of three weeks, not only did I have him turned on to delicious vegan, meat alternatives, a vegan in the making, but a possible future animal liberator as well. The good people of the World DO CARE ABOUT ANIMALS. Did I mention, that he actually believed the “false advertising” seen on many networks? No word yet on how that humane mousetrap is working out for him. I’ll keep you posted. HAPPY VEGAN HOLIDAYS TO ALL THE GOOD GOD FEARING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!

  • Monique251 says:

    yay!

  • Eileen115 says:

    We have arrived but a still long way to go

  • Missy says:

    That’s just what it is–a trend. That means people are doing it just because everyone else is doing it, not because they care. People will realize it’s just a fad and everyone will be omnivores again in 2012.

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