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November is national vegan month - in Canada

EXAMINER.COM | Cali Hoffman | 11/17/09

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November is National Vegan Month.

This is a month for celebrating choice. Whether you are a carnivore, flexitarian, vegetarian or full-fledged vegan, take the opportunity this month to learn more about this animal-friendly lifestyle and what it means for your own health and for the health of our planet.

The Food

While vegetarians abstain from eating animal flesh, vegans also avoid consuming eggs and dairy. They refuse to wear leather, animal fur, wool, down and any product tested on animals. Vegans pride themselves on living a cruelty-free lifestyle.

The Health

While many people choose a vegan diet for ethical reasons, more and more people are making the switch for their health. Eating animal fats has been linked to heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and obesity. And modern farming practices aren't what they used to be. Animals are often pumped full of additives and growth hormones, designed to make your meat bigger and on your plate sooner. A balanced vegan diet includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and protein from nuts, soy foods, sprouted seeds, quinoa, lentils, beans and legumes.

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