One of today’s most popular diet trends is becoming vegan. In case you aren’t aware, being vegan means no consumption of animal products. This includes meat, fish, eggs, cheese, dairy products and even honey for some. While this may sound very intriguing, this (like other lifestyle changes) comes with a lot of work. There are many benefits of eating a plant based diet.
While I’m not vegan, I do believe a diet high in plant based foods is healthy. These foods are a great way to give your body the antioxidants and polyphenols it craves. Vegan options for foods rich in antioxidants are carrots, broccoli, kale and citrus. Rich sources of polyphenols can be found in berries, nuts, flax seed and dark chocolate. While researchers aren’t certain of all the benefits of polyphenols, we do know that they have been shown to prevent disease and slow down the aging process. Another advantage of eating a wholesome diet high in plant based foods is that filling up on low-fat, antioxidant rich foods prevents us from filling up on highly processed, high fat foods. Remember, lowering the portion of animal foods and increasing plant based foods in your diet is a great direction to go! The vegan diet is much lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and higher in fiber compared to other traditional diets. For more information on advantages, please visit http://www.vegan.org/.
People on a vegan diet have to be aware of potential vitamin deficiencies, the most common being B-12. B-12 is most abundant in animal based foods like red meat and eggs. To get enough B-12 from plants can be very challenging and vegans and vegetarians often take supplements to be sure to get enough. Other common deficiencies are iron, zinc, omega 3’s and calcium. Mary’s Gone Crackers uses ancient grains including chia seeds and flax seeds to provide you with many of these common lacking nutrients. Being vegan requires a high level of consciousness to what you are consuming to make sure you do your best to prevent these deficiencies.
Mary’s Gone Crackers is fortunate to have our very own “Vegan Marketeer”. Since I don’t have any personal experience being vegan, I reached out to him for some insight.
From Golden: “One of my favorite things about Mary is that she made her products Vegan. The wonderful thing about Vegan food (all our products have always been Vegan) is that it does not matter why you choose them, so long as you do.
One person is Vegan because s/he eschews violence in all forms. Hens being caged under cruel conditions to increase egg production; or cows living in factories never walking on grass, given growth hormones and antibiotics. We do not contribute to these forms of violence.
Others choose to conserve natural resources. Animal agriculture consumes vast amounts of land and water and contributes to desertification in areas where trees are cut down to produce more animal products.
Still others are concerned about global warming. Animals, mostly cows, produce incredible amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more harmful than CO2. Transportation and refrigeration of animal products are the third leading cause of CO2 emissions.
And everyone wants to stay healthy. Mary’s Gone Crackers products contain no animal fats or proteins. In addition they are all made with organic whole food. Our goodies are practically a functional food, delivering heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory) in each serving.
Whether you choose Mary’s for ethical, environmental, personal health or social justice reasons, you are right and you are choosing Vegan.
We support your good choices and encourage you to eat Vegan by eating Mary’s Gone Crackers, crackers, cookies and pretzels. Go Vegan! Go Mary’s!”
This month’s newsletter highlights why all Mary’s Gone Crackers products are vegan. For additional information on why we’re committed to being a vegan company, be sure to sign up!
Valerie Douglass, DTR
Mary’s Gone Crackers