What is an optimal vegan diet?
An optimal vegan diet should be, before everything, a healthy diet.
We can say that a healthy diet is necessarily vegan, but a vegan diet does not necessarily mean that it is healthy, and this is where a lot of the confusion is happening.
Indeed, it is totally possible to have a vegan diet that is very unhealthy. On the other hand, is it impossible to eat healthy on a non-vegan diet.
But why does a Vegan diet does not equal a healthy diet?
Well, because a healthy diet does not rely solely on eating vegan.
In reality, there are 3 key criteria for healthy foods:
- Organic (i.e. non-GMO, non-industrial and grown in the field)
- Unrefined and little to non-processed
Simple right? Well, yes and no.
Yes, as it is simple to do and nature gave us free healthy foods on earth.
No, because today, humans messed up so badly that healthy foods became rare and difficult to access at a reasonable price.
It’s the criteria that included the “vegan diet” idea. Nowadays, “vegan” is often related to industrial fast foods, this is why we prefer to use the term “plant-based.”
Also, many peoples often confuse “vegan,” with “vegetarian” and “Veg-option.” Those terms, starting with “veg” became primarily marketing tools following the fashion of veganism.
On the other hand, plant-based is a much more concrete term that brings back the first and most important criteria for a healthy diet.
Eating what we are meant to eat: Plants!
Plants give us everything we need to not only survive but actually thrive as human beings as they are food for our body, mind, and soul.
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Organic (i.e. non-GMO, non-industrial and grown in the field)
Mankind has always eaten organic food until the appearance and recent use of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides and fungicides) less than 70 years ago.
Thus, organic agriculture is an ancestral method of production and is directly opposed to industrial agriculture.
It does not use chemicals or GMOs and is part of a global vision of sustainable development regarding the environment and biodiversity.
This second criterion for a healthy diet is so evident that the only question you should be asking yourself is:
Why not organic?
This is where a lot of vegan dieters have it wrong.
What is the point of having a plant-based diet, only to eat plants that have been poisoned by chemicals, genetically modified, and sprayed with toxic substances that are so dangerous that the one who sprays it needs to wear advanced protection gear?
Eating non-organic vegan food is incompatible with a healthy diet, no matter what type of food.
Unrefined and little to non-processed:
But a healthy diet does not stop there.
Indeed even with organic plant-based food, there is always the possibility to damage it by processing it in such an intensive way that it makes it unhealthy for us to eat.
For millennia, humans have eaten unrefined foods with little to no processing.
Processing was mainly used to preserve the food or to consume inedible foods in their natural form.
The most common transformations were cooking, drying, salting, fermenting, and sprouting.
Except for cooking at high temperatures, these transformations were all limited in their possible negative impact on the food and even beneficial for fermentation and germination.
However, with the emergence of chemicals, the concept of food refining was introduced, and the processing methods became considerably more complex.
As a result, today, food undergoes extremely damaging processes of refining and processing.
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