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From: Keith ( -206.116.139.94)
Subject: Re: Of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Date: January 19, 2009 at 9:39 am PST

In Reply to: Of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice posted by Amy N on January 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm:

I admire your enthusiasm for eliminating junk food, but it is possible you are pushing yourself too hard, if you are starting to have second thoughts about it. I can assure you that there is plenty of vegan junk food available!

Most people find it best to make the transition to veganism gradually, as it gives them time to adapt and to solidify their new values and habits. That would include the elimination of vegan-but-unhealthy foods, if that is the route you choose to go.

Many vegans eliminate processed cane sugar, as it often is made using bone charcoal (though the finished product contains no animal material). Otherwise, sugar is vegan (beet sugar always is). Sugar has its place, but obviously, too many non-nutritious calories can be a problem.

People eliminate gluten from their diet if they have a digestive sensitivity to gluten. It is a not uncommon ailment, but if you don't have it, there would be no reason to eliminate it.

Low-fat vegan does seem, from all sources, to be the healthiest way to eat. There are many low-fat vegan recipes available. Again, the issue with fat is excess calories. If your diet is mostly low-fat, there is probably nothing wrong with an occasional treat.

Dessert is one of the four food groups isn't it? :-) My wife loves to bake, so we eat a lot more desserts than we probably should. She is moving more towards low-fat recipes.

Keith



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