8 Facts about Vegan Living

8 Facts about Vegan Living

by Posted on: April 8, 2015Categories: LiveWell 24/7   









  1. Vegan foods are free of all animal products such as meat, eggs, fish, and dairy.
  2. Approximately 5% of the US is vegetarian (close to 16 million people), and about half of those are vegan — meaning about 7.5 million Americans abstain from all animal products.
  3. Vegan living often reduces the intake of saturated fat, animal hormones, and cholesterol while increasing the intake of fresh fruits and veggies. That has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
  4. The average American cholesterol level is 210 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), which is higher than the medically acceptable range of 150-200 mg/dL. The average cholesterol of a vegan in the US is 146 mg/dL.
  5. Vegans get their protein from products like lentils, black beans, veggie burgers, tofu, nuts, peanut butter, and soy milk.
  6. Because vegans don’t consume dairy products like milk and cheese, they intake calcium with foods like broccoli, bok choy, chinese cabbage, collards, kale, and calcium-fortified orange juice.
  7. Vitamin D is required to absorb calcium from the digestive tract and incorporate calcium into bones and teeth, but vegans don’t consume much of it in their diet. To compensate, they expose themselves to natural sunlight or a take Vitamin D supplement.
  8. Vegans tend to have lower rates of cancer than meat-eaters and vegetarians. For example, vegan women had 34% lower rates of female-specific cancers like breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Similar results were found in men for prostate cancer.

Source: DoSomething.org


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