Ethical vegans believe strongly in living a compassionate lifestyle, with respect for all living things. Because of this belief, they choose not to use animal products of any kind, as they know that animals that are used as commodities are confined, abused, and slaughtered. The place where dietary and ethical vegans meet is in the area of food.
There are some obvious areas where the vegan diet is superior to the standard American diet. The vegan diet is usually very high in fiber, iron, and the vitamins C and E, but is usually lower in calories and saturated fat. Cholesterol is completely absent from the vegan diet, as it is only found in animal products.
While vegans tend to be defined by the foods they avoid, in fact they frequently have a much more varied diet than most people. Most vegans enjoy experimenting with new fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans, and they find creative ways to put them together in new recipes. A vegan shopping basket will have a distinctly healthy look to it, with basics such as cereals, whole wheat bread, fruit, salads, vegetables, pasta, beans, and hummus.
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