CategoryHealth

Meat Withdrawal: Side Effects and Benefits from Going Meat-Free

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Meat withdrawal is a real thing. When you’ve depended on something for most (if not all) of your life, and suddenly take it away, there are going to be consequences. In the case of meat withdrawal, there are both potential benefits and side effects from suddenly going off meat. I’ll give you an overview of both the good and the bad in this post. Common Negative Side Effects of Not Eating Meat In...

Why Am I Gaining Weight on a Vegan Diet?

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Before you went vegan, you saw tons of stories of people losing weight on a vegan diet. But for some reason, you’ve started gaining weight. What gives? There are a few possible reasons. I’ll break down each of them in this guide, and you can see if you think any are causing your weight increase. First Things FIrst: Are You Actually Gaining Weight? This is not a silly question, I promise. When you...

A List of 25 Vegan Foods Highest in Fat

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Fat has been made out to seem evil over the last few decades, but more and more people are realizing that it’s not evil. You need at least some fat to be healthy. When you first switch to a vegan diet, a lot of your food sources of fat disappear. This can lead to cravings and actual health side effects. I’ve created a large nutritional database for vegan foods using data from the USDA. Then, I...

The 50 Best High Lysine Low Arginine Vegan Foods

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There’s a lot of research showing that a high lysine and low arginine diet is effective at preventing herpes symptoms like cold sores from appearing. Dairy is great for this, but obviously not an option on a vegan diet. Two things matter. First, the amount of lysine. You want to aim for at least1.5-3 grams of lysine per day. Secondly, you want a reasonably low amount of arginine. In other words...

The Best Way to Eat Kale for Nutrients (Research-Backed)

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Summary: Cooking kale lightly is the best way to eat it for nutrients. Steaming is the best overall, followed by stir-frying, and then boiling. Steaming results in the most overall carotenoids, antioxidants, and phenolic content. I’ve always heard arguments on both sides. Some say that raw kale is best, while others say that cooking it is best. Like most arguments on the Internet, they very...

The 50 Highest Calorie Vegan Foods (Per Serving)

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Adopting a vegan diet often goes one of 2 ways. Either you eat too many calories if you rely on vegan processed and prepared foods (junk for the most part). Or, you can’t eat enough if you focus on whole foods because of the big increase in fiber that’s typical. So if you’re looking to gain weight, you need to focus on high calorie vegan foods. Clearly you’re trying to do that since you’re here...

Average Calories & Protein in Common Vegan Foods

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I do like to keep track of my calorie and protein intake, but I don’t always want to go to the effort of plugging them into Cronometer. So I decided to collect calorie and protein information for all the most common vegan foods that I (and I imagine others) eat on a regular basis. Then, I averaged out each category so I can do a quick and dirty calorie count each day without much effort. It...

The 5 Best Vegan Vitamin Brands in 2019

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I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s weird that many vitamin B12 supplements aren’t vegan. It makes things way harder than they need to be. That’s why I did some research and found the most popular vitamin brands that only sell vegan products, or at least mark them very clearly. If you see any of these brands in a store, online or offline, you’ll be able to tell...

The 4 Best Vegan Iron Supplements in 2019

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Iron deficiency leads to fatigue, chest pain, and shortness of breath, among several other symptoms. It’s common in the general omnivore population. Considering that iron is even harder to get for vegans because plant iron comes in the less absorbable non-heme form, it’s no wonder that vegans are at a higher risk of being deficient. Women who are menstruating regularly need even more iron to be...

Can Vegans Take Calcium Supplements?

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Calcium deficiency is fairly common in vegans, so a supplement can really benefit certain people. The good news is that vegans can take calcium supplements…just not all of them. Most “regular” calcium supplements are not vegan. Why? It seems like they all should be. After all, the vast majority of calcium comes in forms that are obtained from stones like limestone (calcium...