Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Day 41: Veganism- the New Fad

We've rounded that corner into Holy Week.  The end is in sight.  Many people have asked whether or not I'm planning on sticking with the vegan diet, but that's a topic for another post.  Today I want to talk about the fad that is becoming veganism.

Numerous celebrities are coming out vegan including: Alicia Silverstone, Carrie Underwood, Eric Johnson, Al Gore, and Bill Clinton just to name a few. 

Here's a clip from Mayim Bialik

Dr. Oz shot an entire episode on the subject saying he thought it would be the new diet of 2017.

And finally Bill Nye has acknowledged that he is also heading toward veganism as more of the public is.

In 2009, a study found that 1 percent of the population in the US was vegan.  In 2012, another study said that 2.5 percent of the population identified as vegan.  Although according to wikipedia a 2016 study 1.5 percent.  Studies aren't perfect.  But there does appear to growth over time.

Will it be the next new diet?  Possibly.  For most vegans it's a life style choice.  And for others it will be because their doctor wants them to eat a better diet with less processed foods.  Veganism may be the way to convince people to watch what they eat as opposed to promoting whole foods.  But at any rate, it will be interesting to see if this trend continues.  Certainly the food industry tends to think it will last a little while.  My bread was recently redesigned and among the changes includes a label that says "suitable for vegans."  That should tell you right there.

What I ate today:
Breakfast: Toast with margarine and jelly

Snack: Popcorn (Skinny Popcorn makes a vegan white cheddar.  It's like crack; I tell you.  So addictive.)


Dinner: ramen

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