Vegan Variations Part 2: Baked goods and things we call junk food
Vegan Variations is a series of posts addressing a few of the most popular versions of eating vegan.
The Vega variation I'm talking about today is vegan with no processed baked goods, cookies, candy, crackers, chips, etc. Yes, there are vegan versions of all of these yummy things, but those still fall into the category of processed food (junk food). Eating the vegan version of chips might be a better choice than the tradionally made ones but is that good enough? Or a cake made with vegan ingredients is definitely better for you than one loaded with eggs and butter but is that good enough? You'll have to decide for yourself. When deciding, remember that processing removes most of the nutrient value of the product and adds oil, sugar, and salt to boost the flavor.
For many people processed is not acceptable and they are saying no to foods in the category of baked goods, such as cakes, cookies, candies, chips, crackers, etc.
What about sandwiches? you ask. Many people who are looking for health benefits from their vegan diet give up the processed sweet baked goods and salty, oily chips and crackers, but allow themselves whole grain bread products. This seems like a reasonable compromise. Whole grain products are filled will fiber, which outweighs some of the drawbacks of processing. The wise thing is to read the labels carefully…
So, this is another variation of veganism for you to consider when designing the structure of your eating. Hope you find this helpful.