Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Book: Vegan for Life

New addition to my collection of books. Vegan books. This is a great read, just came out in July 2011 and whether you are a long time vegan or just thinking about adopting vegan lifestyle - this book definitely should be in your library.

Vegan for Life is your comprehensive, go-to guide for optimal plant-based nutrition. Registered dietitians and long-time vegans Jack Norris and Virginia Messina debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium and protein, finding the best supplements, and understanding the "real deal" about soy.

Covering everything from a six-step transition plan to meeting calorie and nutrient needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding, Vegan for Life is the guide for aspiring and veteran vegans alike, complete with an easy-to-use food chart, tasty substitutions, sample menus, and expansive resources.

This is not a cookbook, this is your nutritional giude to be a healthy vegan. If you have a kindle, you can send a sample to your kindle and check out few pages of the book before purchasing it. It didn't take me long at all to realize that this is a great book to have, contains all new and current research information about proper nutrition for vegans. Even if you think that you know it all, i bet you there is information in the book that you still find very helpful. I give it 5 STARS...

Veganism in a Nutshell ~ Part 2

Continuation of "Veganism in a Nutshell" article from Vegan Voice. If you haven't read part 1 yet, click here and you can start from the beginning. Enjoy!

The Environment

The second reason for adopting a vegan diet is for the environment. The best thing any of us can do for the environment is to adopt a vegan diet. Raising animals for food is steadily and rapidly depleting and polluting our arable land, potable water and clean air. All animals need food to survive. For example, a 200-pound man will burn off at least 2,000 calories even if he never gets out of bed. As in humans, most calories that go into an animal are burned off; only the excess calories are available to make milk, eggs, or flesh and fat.
It’s bizarre, really: you take a crop like soy, oats, corn or wheat, products high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, but devoid of cholesterol and artery-clogging saturated fat. You put them into an animal and create something with no fibre or complex carbohydrates at all, but with lots of cholesterol and saturated fat. It makes about as much sense to take pure water, run it through a sewer system, and then drink it.

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