Is eating a vegan diet more expensive than eating meat? Why or why not?
I have always assumed that it would be less expensive in terms of money. I will follow this question to see what others think. I know it takes more effort and planning to include the protein required for a healthy diet.
That is actually kind of a tricky question. I would believe that it could almost be even because the price of organic type foods can be very expensive and certain meats are also pricey. I guess the vegan diet would be better but I would worry about not getting the proper nutrients. So if you do start a vegan diet I would suggest vitamins and protein pills or shakes so you can still have a healthy diet and lifestyle.
The honest truth is, it can be as expensive as you want to make it. If you feel that, eating vegan, it is necessary to have some kind of "meat" on your plate and you spend a lot of money on the imitation products which are pricy, your grocery bill won't go down any.
Vegan is not synonymous with organic, either. Usually the two go hand-in-hand because lots of people eat a vegan diet for health reasons. But it's entirely possible to eat vegan without eating anything organic.
The key to getting all your nutrients in ANY diet is to just eat a variety of foods. Beans, nuts, greens, veggies, fruits, whole grains. A variety of those each day and you're good.
It's easy to turn any diet into an unhealthy one. If you're a meateater and all you eat all day is meat and potato chips, you'll have nutrient deficiencies just as easily as a vegan who chooses to eat just black beans and vegan cookies day in and day out. That's why the modern "American" diet which is heavy in fried foods, processed foods, meat and other animal products is so dangerous. They've left out all the other kinds of foods (beans, nuts, greens, veggies, fruits, whole grains) for the sake of all of this other junk.
And to answer the question, "all that other junk" might be cheaper on your grocery receipt, but what do you get for your money? No nutrients, no useful calories, nothing really, except a higher risk of dying earlier. If you replace the junk with healthy food your bill might go up, BUT you'll actually be getting what your body needs in return instead of just, well, garbage.
Personally, I considered it more cheaper as we have a vegetable market nearby which is cheap and it supplies every early morning coming from farms with fresh vegetables. Also, we have some vegetable plants at home, we replaced some of our ornamental plants with certain vegetables.
Hence, cheaper and healthier. And, yes...eating just right is helpful keeping our body healthy.
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