What is Vegan?
Why are Vegan Cookies Low-Fat?
A vegan (pronounced “VEE-gun”) is a person who consumes only plant foods
such as vegetables, grains, legumes (beans and peas), fruits, nuts, and
seeds. Vegans avoid all animal foods including meat, fish, poultry, eggs,
cheese, milk, butter, and honey.
However, veganism is more about what people choose than about what they
avoid. For example, vegans demonstrate respect for all life — their own,
the planet's, and the animals' — not only by eating plant-based foods,
but also by choosing nonfood items (such as nonleather shoes) that are
produced without animal byproducts. Many vegans also go out of their way
to choose cosmetics and personal care items that do not contain animal
byproducts and are not tested on animals.
There are many reasons why people adopt a vegan diet. Apart from a desire
to promote the ethical treatment of animals, one of the most
compelling reasons for veganism is the health hazards associated with meat-eating.
Consumption of animal food is linked to an increased risk of heart disease
and certain types of cancer. By contrast, vegetarian diets are associated
with a decrease risk of obesity, circulatory and heart disease, lung cancer,
diabetes, hypertension, gallstones, and alcoholism.
Some thirty years ago, when our family at Boston Cookies first became part
of the natural foods industry, few people had heard of the vegan diet.
Fortunately, the passage of time has seen the availability of natural vegan
products increasing tremendously. At last, Americans are beginning to realize
that a vegan diet is anything but limited. Rather, by casting off the humdrum
restrictions of a meat and potatoes daily diet, and choosing from the
wonderfully varied vegetable, grain, fruit, and legumes food groups, people
find an exciting variety in what they are eating every day. Treats are no
exception, and at Boston Cookies company, we are certain that your first bite
into one of our delicious cookies will show you that no vegan has to miss out
Many of our customers also find us while looking for tasty low-fat goodies.
If dietary concerns are causing you to attempt reducing your daily fat intake,
an empowering fact for you to learn is that foods which are labelled "vegan"
are always free of the bad fats which lead to weight gain and obesity. Because
cholesterol is only derived from animal sources, foods which are animal product-free
are 100% cholesterol-free. The light, healthy oils we use in our baked goods
actually promote good health and do not cause you to put on pounds as you
would by eating unhealthy oils such as butter or lard. Just remember, vegan
means low-fat and good health.