WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?

There are so many reasons that can lead a person to veganism. Aside from the obvious health benefits of not consuming meat and following a plant based diet, we can actually drastically reduce the rate of global warming by just cutting down meat. On a nutritional note, people are becoming encouraged to take up such a lifestyle because of the sheer options out there for vegans to be able to eat the things they love, and yet stay healthy and protect the planet. Nutritional yeast is our best case in point. Read on to know why nooch is a vegan’s best companion.

Plant based eating is the biggest trend of 2018, everyone from Beyonce to Meghan Markle is ditching dairy and adopting a vegan lifestyle. The most annoying question that vegans often get asked is “WHAT DO VEGANS EAT”? So here is a glimpse of what you would ideally find in the weekly meal plan of someone following a healthy vegan/plant based diet.

You may also like to check out some vegan recipes!

1 week vegan meal plan
Vegan food pyramid

Replaces the nutrients from meat

Nutrients such as heme iron and vitamin B12 are primarily got from animal food sources such as dairy and poultry. In the past, it has been seen that conditions like anemia and B12 deficiencies are unusually high amongst vegans and vegetarians. Nooch is the ideal solution to overcome these nutrition deficiencies on a vegan diet, because thankfully, it contains both the nutrients in abundance. However, if you have a deficiency that may need additional supplementation, then it is best to check with your doctor.  

Aids in weight loss

Consider this – you may grate a cube of cheese onto your popcorn, and your vegan friend may use two or three spoons of nooch. The cheese popcorn will give you many times more fat, sodium, and calories, while nooch popcorn won’t. And if we told you nooch tastes just like cheese, would you then consider the switch for your weight loss program?

Reduced inflammation

70% Indians have some degree of lactose intolerance. This may be the reason for some to switch to veganism, but the fact is that dairy causes some degree of gut inflammation. By making the switch to nooch, you effectively reduce your chances of inflammation, and other inflammatory conditions.

You don’t miss the cheese

Cheese and cheese based foods like pizza are the things that are craved most on a vegan diet. Fortunately, nutritional yeast fills in those gap, allowing people to make delicious and more nutritious options for cheese, using nutritional yeast.

High quality of protein

The biggest vegan myth is that getting protein is impossible on a vegan diet. Well, no more! Nutritional yeast is a complete source of protein that gives you almost as many grams per serving as an egg, minus the excess calories and fat content.

  • It contains only 39.7 calories, 3.82 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 0.6 gram of fat. It’s got no trans fats, and no cholesterol.
  • It is a source of 18 amino acids, making it one of the few vegetarian sources of a complete protein, with 4.5 grams in 2 tsp.
  • Rich in dietary fibre, giving you about 1.4 grams per serving.
  • A great gluten-free option for those with a sensitive gut.
  • It is a rich source of all the B vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, B6, niacin, and folate, providing nearly 100% of your daily requirement.
  • It contains minerals like copper, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, and manganese.
  • It has no added sugars or preservatives.

What are the best alternatives to animal protein on a vegan diet?

There are several plant based sources of protein for vegans and vegetarians to get their daily requirement. Nuts, seeds, pulses and grains are good options. Among the complete sources of plant protein, there is soya and soya based products, and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is slowly emerging as the most convenient, wholesome, and delicious high protein replacement for cheese.

What can you eat as a vegan?

In a vegan diet, one cannot eat any animal based products, be it seafood, poultry, or dairy. All other food groups can easily be consumed by vegans. A vegan diet may consist of fresh produce of fruits and vegetables, grains, pulses, lentils, nuts and seeds. The biggest concern on a vegan diet is not getting enough protein – however, that too is no longer a challenge considering the number of options available today – such as soya products, vegan protein supplements, pea protein isolate powders, and nutritional yeast (a pantry staple in a vegan kitchen).

Is it healthier to be vegan?

A person may opt for a vegan lifestyle for various reasons – health and nutrition, weight loss, reduce the rate of climate change, prevent animal cruelty. Since vegans tend to consume a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts, it is in fact a healthy lifestyle to follow. Moreover, there are amazing vegan substitutes for some of your favourite foods today. Take for instance nutritional yeast, which vegans sprinkle on most of their food because it tastes a lot like parmesan cheese, and is in fact much healthier than actual cheese. Additionally, a vegan diet can be beneficial to reverse or improve certain health conditions like obesity, heart disease, digestion, and skin related conditions.

Are there any any dangers of nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is completely safe to be consumed by anyone and everyone, including children, and has a multitude of health benefits to offer when consumed in the right quantity. That said, people with gout should avoid consuming nutritional yeast because it has an abundance of purines, which can cause excess uric acid. Besides that, anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to nutritional yeast should avoid consuming it as well. For any other doubts, it’s best to check with your medical professional or nutritionist.