Going Vegan: Tips to Switch to a Plant-Based Diet

| 10/19/2015 8:00:00 AM

Whatever the reason you decide to go vegan, there’s likely to be some challenges along the way. Whether it’s choosing something to order at a restaurant when you’re out with friends or finding a delicious recipe to cook at home, vegan options are sometimes hard to come by. However, more and more restaurants are offering vegan dishes and chefs are creating meatless recipes as this healthy trend continues to grow.

vegan eggplant meal
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It’s not surprising why the health conscious are making the switch to a vegan diet. It is lower in fat than a meat diet, and people who follow a vegan diet consume more fiber and vitamin C than their meat-eating peers, according to data from The Dietary Guidelines. If you’re considering making the switch to a vegan diet, read on to learn more and find tips for making the transition easy.

Going Vegan: The Facts

According to shocking data from PETA, each day 2,400 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases. In many cases, cardiovascular diseases are caused by diets full of animal products. The average cholesterol of a meat eater is 210, while the average vegan cholesterol is much lower at 133.

In addition to the serious health risks, production of animal products and foods has a harsh impact on the planet. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. In 2009, meat producers used 235 trillion gallons of water, while soybean producers used only 5 trillion gallons. And, if one U.S. family were to skip just one chicken dinner a week, the carbon dioxide savings would be equivalent to taking more than half a million cars off American roads.

Apps to Locate Restaurants and Find Recipes

These two apps are recommended by The Vegan Woman, a website dedicated to the vegan lifestyle.