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Myths about Veganism

January 8, 2018

 

According to Candice Hutchings, author of The Edgy Veg, one of the most fun things about having a YouTube channel is getting to play with Internet trolls... 

Ahh, I love the Internet. It also means that I’ve heard every interesting question, joke, myth and jab about veganism. Let’s take a moment and address some of these for the purpose of our book,  The Edgy Veg, shall we?

 

Q: Why eat vegan?

Do you like being nice to animals? What about breathing clean air? Do you enjoying living on this marble in the sky we call Earth? Cool! Eat more plant-based, vegan food because it’s good for you, the animals and the environment. Seriously! More than 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans for food. Avoiding animal products is one of the easiest ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and exploitation. By adopting a vegan diet, you can personally save up to 100 animals a year and thousands during your lifetime.

Why not save the planet while you’re at it?! Meat and other animal-product production places a heavy burden on our planet. The crops and water required to feed, transport and process the animals, not to mention the amount of grain required for meat production, substantially impact deforestation and are one of the main contributors to climate change. 
One of the most effective things you can do to lower your carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products and eat these recipes, instead.

Don’t care about the planet or those pesky animals? Well, I’m sure you care about yourself, and a vegan diet is super good for you! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating a plant-based diet means you are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure — many of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is also one of the best lifestyles for increased energy, younger-looking skin and maintaining a healthy body weight for a long period of time.

 

Q: Where do you get your protein? 

Don’t sweat it! I get all the protein I need 
from fruits, vegetables, legumes and leafy greens. If gorillas and elephants can thrive 
on plant-based protein, you can, too! But 
if you’re really that worried about it, go get yourself a vegan protein powder.

 

S: Vegan food is boring! 

Nuh-uh! Just take a look through the pages of this book you’re holding. Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan. And trust me, it will be just as satisfying.

 

S: Vegan cheese and meat suck! 

Let’s all get on the same page here: vegan cheese and meat 100 percent used to suck. But food manufacturers and culinary wizards have been working tirelessly to create flawless substitutions for cheese mongers just like you. You can see our fan faves in the Easy Substitutions section (page 24).


Q: I’ll give this a try, but where can I buy . . . x? 

Most of the ingredients found in this book can be purchased at large supermarkets, and anything else can usually be found at a local wellness or health food store. Edgy Veg tip: I order tons of stuff online cuz I’m lazy.

 

S: I want to know more.

Don’t believe what I’m saying? Here’s a list 
of books and movies created by people much smarter than I am talking about these very issues.

 

Books to Read

  • Eating Animals by 
Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts 
and Minds about Animals and 
Food by Gene Baur
  • My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn
  • Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bastard by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II
  • The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
  • The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle

 

Things to Watch

           BBC’s Carnage

           Cowspiracy

           Earthlings

           Farm to Fridge

           Food, Inc.

           Forks over Knives

           Hungry for Change

           The Engine 2 Diet

           The Ghosts in Our Machine

           Vegucated

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