Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, submitted a report on Monday, justifying the need for a vegan diet.
The committee said that a vegan diet, made mostly of plant foods and like animal product, is most beneficial for the human body.
By definition, a vegan diet means you exclude all meat products from your diet. Eggs, meat, fish, chicken, lamb or any animal product does not exist in a traditional vegan diet.
Fruits and veggies are the staple of a vegan diet. A common house salad with oil and vinegar would be a common vegan meal. Tea with honey and not processed sugar would be a common drink in a vegan meal. Although honey is technically an animal product, it is one of the few exceptions to the rule.
But not everyone is hopping on the vegan train. Shalene McNeill, a dietitian who works for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association claims a vegan dietary standards could cause increasing obesity rates and calorie consumption from other unhealthy foods.
It is unlikely that the law will be written into the federal books but it certainly worth exploring if you are concerned about your health.
Many vegans report many health ills disappearing. Losing weight is the easy part part, but having better control over your diabetes, high blood pressure and of course, healthy skin and hair are just some of the benefits that a vegan diet could bring.
If you are not ready to go full vegan but still want to explore healthier diet for yourself, consider approaching a Paleo diet (little to no carbs in your foods) or a Pescetarianism diet (fish only diet heavy in veggies, fruits and legumes.)