How to choose a vegan diet for your health
The health of Americans is improving, but the outlook for our country’s vegans is not, according to a study released Monday by the non-profit group Food and Water Watch.
And if we’re not careful, the study warns, we could be facing a serious health crisis if we don’t address our current vegan diet.
“This is the most important time in history when our nation faces a pandemic of pandemic pandemic food,” said Tom Steyer, the president of Food and Waters.
“We need to start taking the lead.”
The report, titled “Food for the Holidays: A Vegan Diet for the 21st Century,” looked at all the food groups and how much they consume and where they live in the United States, and determined that the average American consumes an average of 16 pounds of food per year.
Vegan diets have long been popular in the U.S., and the report shows that more than 70 percent of Americans eat some form of meat and dairy products at least some of the time.
“There are a number of reasons why vegans are thriving, and we must recognize that it is time for the nation to change,” said Steyer.
The report also says that Americans are increasingly finding alternatives to meat and seafood, with more and more people opting for vegan and plant-based foods.
Steyer noted that the U!
has a high rate of obesity, diabetes, and cancer, and he called on the federal government to address those problems and address vegan and vegetarian diets as well.
“The best thing we can do right now is to get people to adopt more of a plant-oriented diet, because there’s so much more to it than just meat,” he said.
The findings come as a wave of recent outbreaks of severe foodborne illness has raised concerns about the long-term health of the nation’s veg population.
In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its scientists had identified more than 50 new cases of coronavirus-like illness among Americans, including at least four deaths.
On Monday, the CDC reported that at least 30,000 Americans are sickened by coronaviruses, including about 1,300 who died, and that the disease has sickened about 1.5 million people since the pandemic began in mid-December.
Among those cases, more than 20 have died.
“I can’t tell you how many people I know who are vegans who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Stephanie T. Brown, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
“And I have no idea how many more people are getting it in their communities.”
Many of the deaths are linked to foodborne illnesses, and Brown said the outbreak has caused the CDC to expand its focus from coronaviremia to the broader disease.
“That is the first time that they’ve been able to look at the entire spectrum of illness that people have and say that we need to really be thinking about what they’re eating and how they’re consuming it,” Brown said.
“Vegans have been eating a lot of meat for thousands of years, and it’s been the foundation of human society.
It’s a natural food.”
A recent report from the nonprofit group Food Not Bombs found that more Americans now eat animal products than ever before.
Nearly half of Americans now consume some form and about a third of them eat meat.
That’s up from roughly 45 percent in 2014, according the report.
The USDA has estimated that about 25 million people have suffered from foodborne infections in the past decade, but most of those illnesses were caused by people who had eaten food or drank contaminated water.
According to the CDC, about 5.3 million Americans were exposed to food-borne illnesses in the previous five years, up from about 2.8 million in 2014.
Among the more than 2 million cases of foodborne disease, the report found, there were 6,000 deaths and more than 4,000 hospitalizations.
“You can’t just say, ‘Oh, they ate meat,'” Brown said of the CDC report.
“They had meat in their diet, but there was also lots of other meat that they were eating.”
The study’s authors have long advocated for a plant based diet and nutrition for the general population.
“A vegan diet is a healthy way to eat, a way to live, and a way for people to make choices that are healthy and environmentally sustainable,” said John MacCoby, president of the nonprofit organization Vegetarian Advocates.
“It’s not a food you can’t eat because you eat meat, or because you are pregnant, or you have a health condition that’s causing you stress or depression.”
Steyer added that people should consider eating a plant food, including whole grains and vegetables, as well as fruits and vegetables.
“All of the fruits and the vegetables that people consume, they should