Monday, February 8, 2010

To Vegan or Not to Vegan

Marion Nestle has a very good discussion of the pros and cons of vegetarian and vegan diets in the San Francisco Chronicle. You can read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/07/FD821BS2H5.DTL

I eat "mostly vegan," and I exclude some meat products entirely from my diet (along with most processed foods and drinks.) I believe that a mostly plant based diet is both healthier in the long run and more conducive to weight management.

However, I don't think I'll ever take the step to be completely vegetarian or vegan. For one thing, I really don't have all that much empathy for animals. For another, I enjoy eating and just don't want to restrict myself to that level. Finally, I really don't like going to people's houses, etc and being the one who says "I don't eat that."

2 comments:

  1. Marion Nestle said, "American vegetarians have the luxury of making such dietary choices."

    I agree. My vegan friends think that this is something they could (or should) be able to do anywhere in the world with ease. I think even in developed countries it's often not that easy to do, especially away from home.

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