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The Vegan Diet vs the Western Diet By Brenna Strong Vegan diet vs Western diet What are they? Vegan diet: A diet containing no animal products. The Western diet: high in saturated fats, meat, sugar, cholesterol and fast processed foods. Low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Vegan diet: Creates a healthier you if balanced correctly. Western diet: Leads to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and several cancers such as colon cancer. High Cholesterol from the Western diet Plaque build up leads to Heart Disease, stops oxygen from getting to the heart, and can cause blood clots. Meat (high fat), butter, partially hydrogenated oils, egg yolks, and high fat milks all have a good amount of cholesterol. Nuts, oats, whole grains, and vegetables are cholesterol friendly foods. The facts (from centers for disease control and prevention.) 75% of our nations health care dollars goes to treatment for chronic diseases. 68% of the American population is over-weight Heart Disease is America’s number one killer with diabetes and cancer following short behind. Heart disease is caused by high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high amounts of sugar. In other words, the Western diet. Why dairy is not so good Multiple studies have proven diary benefits are at a minimum. Countries with lowest rates of dairy consumption have the lowest rates of osteoporosis. Dairy products have also shown to promote cancer growth. (IGF-1 in the blood stream) The blood stream is the quickest way things move and spread through your body. Almond milk has as more calcium than cows milk. -Lactose -Saturated Fat -Cholesterol -Gluten -Dairy Are all excluded from Almond milk. The biggest concernProtein Protein examples Many will disagree you can’t get enough protein from a plant based diet. It is recommended (depending on gender and body mass) you get about 50 grams of protein a day. Vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, beans, nondairy milk, beans, and grains are all natural sources of protein. 1 Avocado: 3-4g 1C lentils: 18g Two slices of whole-wheat bread: 8g 1C almonds: 20g 1 head Cauliflower: 11g 1 C oats: 26g A veggie sandwich with a side of nuts or lentils is more than half of your daily dose. A healthy diet leads to a happy, and healthy life. Why not start today?