Food writer and holistic health counselor Melissa Beveridge weighs in on the less-than-sweet facts about sugar.
Just as there are unhealthy carnivores and vegetarians, there are unhealthy vegans who live off vegan chips, cupcakes, and French fries. “Vegan” does not necessarily mean healthy—and vegans who subsist on fried, sugary, high-fat fare can be undernourished and overweight.
Don’t believe me? Check out the ingredients of your favorite soymilk. Odds are, there’s some sort of sugar in there. Despite its “natural-looking” label (a marketing ploy), it’s not that great for you, at least in large amounts. Turn the package around and see what it’s really made of—then you can decide if it’s worth paying for, with your wallet and your health.
Remember, just because you associate yourself with a lifestyle doesn’t mean you’re living the lifestyle. Live the lifestyle of a vegan, vegetarian, whatever you associate with, by not taking the shortcut with processed foods. You deserve better!
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