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Maureen Costura Anthropology 150 26 September 2007 Veganism In his novel, The Omnivore’s Dilemma , Michael Pollan tells the reader that the foods we consume must be both “good to eat and good to think” (Pollan 305). Foods that are good to eat promote and maintain our health. For example, eating your fruits and vegetables is more favorable than eating a jar of candy and cookies. Foods good to think are “good for our soul or our own moral self-regard” (Pollan 305). In today’s society, fad diets and new products claiming to be organic or all natural greatly influence what people choose to eat. In particular, foods found in a vegan diet (specifically soybeans) are good to eat and think. Veganism started when members of The Vegetarian Messenger disagreed with the consumption of dairy products in the vegetarian diet. When this group of non-dairy vegetarians petitioned to become a subgroup of vegetarians, they were denied. Consequently, vegans published their own version of The Vegetarian Messenger called The Vegan in 1962 (Stepaniak and Messina 1998). As stated in The Vegan Society’s manifesto, “The aims of The Vegan Society are: 1) to advocate that man’s food shold be derived from fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, and other wholesome non-animal products and that it should exclude flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, and animal’s milk, butter, and cheese, and 2) to encourage the manufacture and use of alternatives to animal commodities” (Stepaniak and Messina 298). Foods common in a vegan diet include nuts, whole grain breads, tofu/soybeans, and of course, fruits and vegetables (Weiss 26-28). These staple foods are considered good to eat
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because compared to their alternatives, they are low in fat while still providing a good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein (Veganism in a Nutshell 2003). A major concern about veganism is not getting enough protein in the diet. An excellent source of protein that will alleviate this concern is the soybean, which is used to make tofu. In fact, 54% of the calories in soybean sprouts are from protein and they contain all eight of the essential amino acids (Weiss 29). According to Mateljan, research has shown that soy protein can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels by 35-40%. A source of this bad cholesterol is red meat; not only can veganism lower LDL levels, but by eliminating animal meats, bad cholesterol
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