Try This Tasty Solution For Improving Your Health…
Have you heard this joke yet?
How do you know if someone is vegan?
Don’t worry, they’ll be sure to let you know.
This joke is simple, but funny because there’s a lot of truth behind it, and there are tons of vegan jokes just like it.
To put it mildly, vegans are very enthusiastic about their diet and they tend to share information about it whenever it’s called for (and sometimes even when it’s not).
Over time, though, most vegans find that these jokes get old. After all, they’re usually sharing information to help people, not to get ridiculed or questioned for their dietary choices.
I should know. When I decided to go vegan and compete in an Ironman race, I was so enthusiastic about my choice that I made several videos to help educate and inspire people about what a vegan athlete could accomplish.
And like most people choosing a vegan diet – even temporarily – I got lots of jokes and lots of push back about my choice.
One question I got a lot that vegans almost always hear from skeptics is this:
“But what about bacon?”
The implication being, of course, that bacon is so delicious that the asker couldn’t possibly give it up, so how could you?
I Get It. Bacon Is Tasty
But we’re grown people, and honestly, we could probably stand to do without bacon most of the time.
The vegan diet has many health benefits.
In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, a well-planned plant based diet is a healthy way to meet your nutritional needs.
And according to research done at Harvard University, a vegan diet could lead to a decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
With benefits like these, some people think the question is not why would you want to be vegan, it’s why wouldn’t you?
Why give up these great health benefits, spend less on groceries, and also help the planet when you can clearly thrive on a plant-based diet?
But for many people, even with those benefits in mind, when it comes to the thought of dropping pepperoni pizza?
This change is impossible.
The desire for the foods people crave – and, indeed, the foods they associate with comfort, fullness, and pleasure – is often greater than the knowledge that a plant-based lifestyle is a healthy long-term choice with many benefits.
In order to address this, vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike have long tried to meet the desire for meat-y foods.
Instead of indulging in meat and animal by-products, plant-based eaters have created substitutes.
It Started With Tofu
Then tempeh (which was originally soy-based but can actually be made from any kinds of beans) and seitan (which is made from wheat) came along.
Others branched out and tried vegetable based meat substitutes with mushrooms and jackfruit. (By the way, if you haven’t tried it, jackfruit is an excellent mimic for meat – especially on tacos.)
But that wasn’t quite enough to lure the general public to try these new meatless options…
They were still considered strange because they were similar, but not quite as good in terms of flavor and texture.
Fast forward a few decades later. Now, we have a variety of meat substitutes to choose from – which is good – and even the fast food industry is cashing in on this trend – which is good and bad.
In the past, the only vegan options available in restaurants were plain salads, french fries cooked in vegetable oil, and carb-laden breakfast foods like French toast sticks.
Nowadays, with products like the Burger King Impossible Burger, Chipotle’s sofritas, and White Castle’s veggie slider with sweet thai sauce, vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike can try meatless options without compromising taste or convenience.
But while these options are good short term options, one has to wonder… are they good for the long run?
A Healthy Plant-Based Diet Even While Getting Your Food From A Drive-Thru?
Recently, I had Dr. Michael Greger as a guest on London Real.
Dr. Greger is a physician, a renowned speaker, and bestselling author who shows his audience how they can use a plant-based, whole food diet to reverse and even prevent fatal illnesses.
He has appeared in numerous documentary films including “What The Health”, “Prescription: Nutrition” and “Eating you Alive.” and his New York Times bestselling book “How Not To Die” examines the fifteen top causes of death in America.
I asked Dr. Greger his thoughts about these new vegetarian and vegan friendly convenience foods, and his response was positive – to a point.
He shared that these foods are good – to a point. They can lure a picky eater into trying something new, for example, without the discomfort of “giving up bacon”.
But once someone’s palate and, indeed, their mind is open to new meatless culinary ideas, it’s time to move beyond the convenient and familiar and try something new.
You see, these meat-y plant-based fast foods are tasty options, but they’re still laden with salt and additives – things no one should have in great quantities.
If you want more information, Dr. Greger’s website nutritionfacts.org has thousands of videos about specific foods and health-related issues.
If you just want to try an Impossible Burger and see where it gets you, on the other hand, then by all means, give it a shot.
You never know what kind of health and life changes could follow.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored