3 Healthy Food Strategies Vegans & Carnivores Both Agree On
It may seem like vegans and animal-product eaters have nothing in common—dietarily, that is. One avoids meat, dairy, and other animal products at all costs; while the other may devour one or more of these food items daily. Despite those differences, preventive cardiologist Ethan Weiss, M.D., says vegans and carnivores alike can probably agree on three healthy food principles.
On a mindbodygreen podcast episode, Weiss tells mbg founder and co-CEO Jason Wachob, not only are these three principles something all types of eaters can agree on, but they’re also probably going to stick around for the foreseeable future:
1. Limit processed foods.
A study by researchers Kevin Hall, Ph.D., and Stephanie Chung, MBBS, found people who eat more processed foods consume more calories and gain more weight than people who eat minimally processed diets.
Certain candies and chips may be vegan, Weiss explains, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re part of a healthy diet. Similarly, non-vegans can indulge in processed cheeses and ice cream.
In other words, “You can eat crappy food that’s vegan,” Weiss tells Wachob, “and you can eat crappy food that’s keto or carnivore.” In either case, it’s important to choose minimally processed, whole foods when possible.