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Vegan Fast Food and Restaurant Guide (Updated March 2019) | PETA

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Whats the deal with vegan fast food? Some of us never thought that wed see the day when White Castle or Dennys offered veggie burgers, but now that they do, the millions of omnivores who eat there can see that choosing meat-free meals is easy and tasty.

Almost every restaurant has at least one vegan dish. By making educated choices and asking the server for assistance, dining out can be a deliciousand cruelty-freeexperience! We put together this handy guide to help you navigate the chain restaurant world.

A&W Canada offers the highly sought-after Beyond Burger at all its Canadian locations. It comes on a vegan bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Keep it vegan by asking for no burger sauce or mayo. The chain also carries a vegan Beyond Meat Sausage and Veggie breakfast sandwich.

You can swap meat with a plant-based patty on any burger. Options includeBeyond Burger, Black Bean & Roasted Corn Patty, Farmers Quinoa Patty, and the Sweet Potato & Wild Rice Patty. Order with a sprouted bun.

Baskin-Robbins has a variety of Ice and sorbet flavors, including the delicious Horchata Ice. Keep your eyes peeled for other new vegan flavors at your local store.

The pizza crust and marinara sauce at BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse is vegan! Order a veggie pizza without cheese, and ask for your pizza not to be brushed with butter. Not in the mood for pizza? Order the spaghetti marinara.

Blaze Pizzas traditional, high-rise, and gluten-free crusts are all vegan, and it also offers vegan cheese and an array of vegan toppings. For your sauce, try the classic red or the spicy red sauce or a drizzle of BBQ sauce or olive oil.

There are many vegan options at Italian restaurant chain Buca di Beppo. For an appetizer, try the bruschettajust hold the cheese. Order the Pasta Puttanesca (penne pasta with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, black Kalamata olives, green olives, and capers), which must be specially requested, as its not on the menu, or choose to create your own pasta. Select either the marinara sauce or the garlic olive oil. Toppings include various veggies, crushed pepper, and poached garlic. You can also add a mixed green saladjust be sure to substitute the Italian dressing for oil and vinegar. Other vegan sides include the steamed green beans and broccoli.

Brueggers Bagels has several breakfast and lunch options for vegans, including its blueberry, chocolate chip, cinnamon-sugar, cranberry-orange, pumpernickel, and rosemaryolive oil bagels, which can be topped with fresh vegetables, Dijon mustard, or vegan hummus spread. Brueggers also serves several vegetarian sandwiches, which can be made vegan by leaving off the cheese and dressing.

BurgerFi offers the Beyond Burger in its 100+ locations. Ask for the multigrain bun to make this delicious burger vegan!

At Burger King, you can get a garden salad, fries, and hash browns as well as some accidentally vegantreasures such as the French Toast Sticks and Dutch Apple Pie.

Select Carls Jr. locations offer the tasty vegan Beyond Burger patty for any burger option, including the Big Hamburger, which comes with pickles, onion, ketchup, and mustard on a sesame seed bun. You can also opt for the new menu item, the Beyond Famous Star burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion on a sesame seed bun and can be ordered vegan by requesting no cheese or mayo. You can also choose to order any burger wrapped in lettuce for a gluten-free option.

AtCheeburger Cheeburger, which can be found throughout the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast, the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich, wrap, and salad are vegan.

There are plenty of vegan options at The Cheesecake Factory, including the Vegan Cobb Salad, and a veggie burger made with brown rice, farro, couscous, mushrooms, black beans.

Chipotle offers Sofritasorganic tofu braised with peppers and spiceswhich you can order in a bowl, burrito, taco, or salad. You have the option of black or pinto beans and brown or white rice. Plus, the restaurant has a great selection of vegan toppings, including mixed fajita veggies, salsas, lettuce, and guacamole.

CiCis Pizzais inexpensive, and you can have it delivered to your home. The pizza crusts are all vegan, as well as the regular pizza sauce and ole sauce. Top your pizza with fresh veggies, and add a salad with French or Lite Ranch dressing.

The pizzas atClaim Jumperare vegan if you ask for no cheese. You can also get a Chinese salad with spicy peanut dressing.

The Daily Grill offers vegan starters such as gazpacho soup, a trio of hummus, sweet potato fries, and herbed brown rice with almonds. Vegan entres are also offered, including penne pasta primavera, angel hair pasta pomodoro, and a grilled vegetable plate. You can also get a house salad with Asian ginger dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.

Dairy Queenslight smoothies and are all vegan and come in several flavors.

For a vegan taco or burrito, Del Taco is a good place to go. You can get the 8 Layer Veggie Burrito, the 1/2 lb. Bean & Cheese Burrito, or the Value Bean & Cheese Burrito with red or green sauce. Simply ask for no cheese and no sour cream. The rice at Del Taco is now vegan and some select Southern California locations also carry vegan Beyond Meat.

EvenDennysknown for its traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner farehas some vegan options. Dennys vegan offerings include oatmeal, the Fit Fare Veggie Skillet (ask for no egg whites or butter), English muffins, bagels, grits, applesauce, fresh fruit, vegetable plates, seasoned French fries, baked potatoes with several vegetable toppings, garden salads with light Italian dressing or oil and vinegar dressing, and sandwiches that can be made with several vegetable options. It also serves a vegan Amys burger.

At El Pollo Loco, you can get the BRC burrito without cheese for a vegan option. You can also add avocado. Vegan side dishes include pinto beans and corn on the cob.

5 & Dinerhas several vegan options, including a black-bean veggie burger.

The chain offers a delicious, fully vegan burger patty and bun. Be sure to omit cheese and Freddy sauce.

Freebirds World Burritoa popular fast-food chain with more than 70 locations throughout the U.S.has teamed up with Beyond Meat to offer vegan meat burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. Customers can add Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles to any Freebirds order. According to Beyond Meat, Freebirds made the compassionate addition after noticing the rising consumer demand for better plant-based protein options. We cant wait to see what other animal-friendly changes the burrito chain makes next.

At The Habit Burger Grill, the Veggie Burger patty is vegan! Get it on the French roll or seeded bun, with no dressing. The burger comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. You can add raw onions and avocado if you like. The Habit also offers French fries, sweet potato fries, tempura green beans, and a side salad to complete your meal.

You have several vegan options atHard Times Cafe, including the veggie burger and the vegetarian chili. (Be sure to tell your server that you dont want any dairy products in your chili.)

Houstons Restaurant offers a veggie plate and a vegetarian burger. Just be sure to order the burger on vegan bread.

At IHOP, you can get hash browns, fresh fruit, grits, sauted spinach and mushrooms, a plain baked potato, or a salad with fat-free or regular raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

The vegan options at Jasons Deli include organic vegetable soup, a spinach veggie wrap (request no cheese), salsa, hummus, guacamole, and many options from the salad bar. Be sure to ask about the vegan status of each of these dishesit varies by location.

Johnny Rocketsfeatures a vegan gardein black bean burger with grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard.

Kona Grill has a separate vegan menu. For appetizers, youve got edamame and seaweed salad. For sushi, theres a cucumber roll, an avocado roll, and a vegetarian roll (with asparagus, avocado, yamagobo, cucumber, and sprouts). The house, roasted asparagus, and oriental salads are all vegan, and there are many vegan dressings, including onion soy, sweet soy, oil and vinegar, and balsamic, red, or white wine vinegar. Finally, both the Pan-Asian noodles and the linguine with marinara sauce are vegan, as are the sides of steamed baby bok choy, white rice, and seasonal vegetables.

The pizza sauce and dough at Little Caesars and Papa Johns are vegan, while Pizza Hut uses vegan marinara sauce and its Thin N Crispy Pizza crusts are vegan. By omitting the cheese and choosing your favorite vegetable toppings, you can easily make a delicious vegan pizza.

All ofManhattan Bagels bagels are vegan, except for the jalapeo cheddar cheese and egg varieties, and its bialysa flattened onion and poppy seed bagelare also vegan. The Manhattan Grille and Vegetable Garden sandwiches can be made on a bagel, roll, or tortilla and are vegan if you omit the spreads and cheese.

Pizza chainMellow Mushroomoffers a vegan menu that includes tofu, tempeh, and Follow Your Heart cheese and a variety of sauces for your pizza, including red sauce, olive oil, or BBQ sauce.

All tacos, fajitas, salads, and burritos can be made vegan by substituting tofu for meat and skipping the cheese atMoes Southwest Grill.

Newks Eatery has a vegan Grilled Veggie Salad with grilled zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus layered with fresh roasted corn, sundried tomatoes, green onions, and crisp romaine lettuce. The restaurant also offers a large assortment of vegan dressings, including balsamic vinaigrette, ginger wasabi, Greek dressing, and sherry vinaigrette.

Noodles & Company is noodle heaven for vegans. It has five vegan dishes: the Chinese Chop Salad without wontons, the Indonesian Peanut Saut, the Japanese Pan Noodles, the Penne Rosa without cream and cheese, and the Whole Grain Tuscan Fresca without cheese. Tofu can also be added to any dish.

ONaturals, a restaurant chain in New England, offers healthy, all-natural fast food for diners who want great food to go. Its menu features a large vegetarian selection, and vegan items are marked for easy identification, such as the vegetarian chili, the carrot-ginger soup, and the chipotle sweet potato and veggie lentil soup.

The Olive Gardens breadsticks are vegan, as the butter topping is made with soy, not dairy products. There are many vegan pasta options: angel hair, cavatappi, fettuccine, gluten-free rotini, rigatoni, small shells, spaghetti, and whole-wheat linguine. All these can be topped with the vegan marinara sauce or kids tomato sauce. Theminestrone is now dairy-freeat all locations, too, so you can order the soup, salad, and breadsticks combo! Simply hold the croutons and choose the oil and vinegar dressing. You can also get a side of steamedbroccoli to round out your meal.

All 26 locations offer Tofusada, a tofu marinated and sauted in Southwestern-inspired sauce.

Panera Bread offers two vegan broth bowls: the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl and the Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame. The restaurant also offers a vegan Black Bean Soup that is hearty and delicious.

P.F. Changs China Bistro is one of the most vegan-friendly restaurant chains around. Its vegetarian menu is terrific, and everything can be made vegan, from appetizers such as tofu lettuce wraps to entres such as Buddhas Feast.

Pieologyoffers Daiya cheese at select locations, and its red sauce, olive oil, and BBQ sauce as well as its gluten-free crust are all veganso are the delicious veggie toppings.

PizzaRev has vegan sausage at many of its locations when youre in the mood for a hearty pizza, and it also offers vegan cheese. Choose either the original or gluten-free crust, which are both vegan, and top it with some veggies.

Located throughout the southern United States,Pollo Tropicaloffers Caribbean-inspired fast food. Vegan options include the Vegetarian TropiChop, and the Balsamic Tomatoe. The chains black beans, French fries, white rice, boiled or fried yucca, sweet plantains, and corn are vegan, too.

Pyramid Breweries restaurantsoffers a Boca burger that can be substituted for any nonvegan burger on its menu. The Margherita Pizza can be made vegan if you get it without cheese.

At Qdoba Mexican Grill, you can make a burrito, taco, or salad bowl with the following vegan ingredients: corn or flour tortillas, black or pinto beans, brown or cilantro-lime rice, fajita vegetables, grilled vegetables, potatoes, guacamole, and most salsas. You can also enjoy the tortilla soup.

This Mexican-inspired chain offers a vegan Beyond Meat Burrito and Burrito Bowl at its more than 100 locations across Canada.

Quiznosoffers a veggie sub thats filled with guacamole, black olives, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mushroomsjust be sure to order it without the cheese and ask for the balsamic vinaigrette instead of the red-wine vinaigrette. The vegan bread options include white or wheat, and theres also an herb wrap. Grab a side garden salad and some potato chips, and your stomach will be appeased in no time.

Red Lobsters tempting Dragon Broccolidrizzled with a spicy and sweet sauce and topped with fried chili peppersis vegan. On the side, the chain offers a few vegan options. Try a plain baked potato, the rice pilaf, some seasoned fresh broccoli, or an order of sea-salted French fries. Complete your meal with one of the restaurants margaritas, frozen or on the rocks.

Red Robin offers a vegan burger patty made with ancient grains and quinoa. Try your burger with fresh tomato bruschetta salsa, avocado slices, and shredded romaine on a ciabatta bun, rustic Italian bread, or a lettuce wrap. Diners can also get a side of bottomless fries or bottomless broccoli.

Ruby Tuesdayhas an Endless Garden Bar, where you can make your own vegan salad.

After talks with PETA, Shake Shack is now testing a veggie burger in several New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin locations. This black bean, brown rice and roasted beets burger comes with delicious Sir Kensingtons vegan mayo. Remember to hold the provolone cheese and substitute for the gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap.

Smoothie King offers vegan Pineapple Spinach and Lemon Ginger Spinach smoothies featuring Sunwarrior Raw Plant-Based Protein and a stevia-based sweetener.

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes, located throughout the South and the West, has a variety of salads, sandwiches, and soups, including the Strawberry Fields Tossed Salad With Caramelized Walnuts and the Summer Vegetable Soup. Their menu changes seasonally, and vegan items are clearly marked on the menu.

Starbuckscarries theLentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice. Other options include a plain or multigrain bagel, classic or blueberry oatmeal, and the Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend.

This casual family-dining restaurant with multiple locations across Southern California features a handy ordering guide for vegans. Try one of its signature salads, enjoy a Cheeseless Roasted Veggie Pizza or a Roasted Cauliflower Pita, or grab one of its vegan side disheslike Nutty Coleslaw or freshly baked breadsticks.

SubwaysVeggie Deliteon Italian bread and without cheese or mayois delish. And in select locations, you can enjoy two completely vegan subs: the Malibu Garden (a vegan patty topped with fire-roasted tomato sauce) and the Black Bean (a vegan patty topped with sweet potato curry sauce).

Taco Bellhas many great options for vegans! The fast-food chain has a variety of sides that are veganincluding the cinnamon twists, chips and guacamole (or pico de gallo), cilantro rice, black or refried beans, and Mexican riceand all of its salsas are vegan. You can also order the Bean Burrito fresco style, the regular Black Bean Burrito without cheese, or the Veggie Cantina Power Bowl (ask for no sauce). Several of Taco Bells other dishes can be veganized simply by omitting a few ingredients or asking for it fresco style. The 7 Layer Bean Burrito can be made vegan if it has five layersjust forgo the cheese and sour cream. The tacos, nachos, Crunchwrap Supreme, and Mexican Pizza are vegan when you hold the meat (substitute beans if youd like), cheese, and sour cream.

TGI Friday now serves the vegan Beyond Burger.Simply opt for the challah bun (the gluten-free bun isnt vegan), ask for dairy-free sauces, and skip the cheese. Add peppers and onions if you want a Philly-style burger. The nachoswhich consist of tortilla chips, jalapeos, guacamole, and pico de galloare a great vegan option if you get them without cheese or sour cream. The cilantro-lime dressing and balsamic vinaigrette are great vegan choices on a house salad. The restaurants Jack Daniels and BBQ sauces are also vegan and go well with its crispy fries or Cajun onion rings.

Tubbys Grilled Submarines, with locations in Michigan, has the vegan Hot Veggie Stir Fry sub and Cold Veggie specialty sub.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurtoffers vegan soy flavors, such as peanut butter, soy latte, black sesame, banana milk, and plain soy as well as fruity sorbets, including raspberry, strawberry, pineapple, and more. Top your frozen yogurt off with some fresh fruit, nuts, or other vegan toppings, and youll have a delicious treat.

Try Twin Peaks take on the delicious Beyond Burger, The Imposter, which is served with a side of sweet potato fries. Order it on the vegan Challah bun and be sure to hold the pepper jack cheese and sun dried tomato mayo.

Two Boots lets you load up pies with dairy-free cheese, vegan sausage, and all the veggies. The chain also offers its own vegan creations with fun names like V for Vegan and Earth Mother, available all the time as full-sized pizzas or in rotation for by-the-slice.

Head toWendysfor a plain baked potato, the garden side salad with red Italian dressing, or French fries. You can also ask for a veggie sandwich, which has everything that would normally be included on the burger except the meattheres even a button for it on the cash register.

White Castlenow offers vegan sliders (it uses Dr. Praegers brand), which you can get plain or with a sweet Thai sauce.

World Wrapps, with locations in California and Washington, offers its vegan customers the Teriyaki Tofu and the Bombay Curry Wrapp, and the Classic Burrito Wrapp can be made vegan by omitting the cheese and sour cream.

Gardein is offered at all Yard House locations. Although not all dishes featuring Gardein products are vegan, they can easily be modified. Two dishes that are vegan by default are the Gardein Chicken Rice Bowl and the Gardein Orange Peel Chicken. You can also order the Summer Salad or Citrus Soy Salad.

The Berkeley Vegan Pizza and the California Salad are completely vegan at zpizza. And by simply swapping dairy cheese for vegan cheese, you can have more than a dozen of the pizzas, three of the salads, the veggie calzone, and the veggie sandwich. Check the online menu to see all the vegan options.

If this article is making you question your current lifestyle, then we have just the thing for you: our freevegan starter kit, with tips and information about going vegan. For animals,the environment, andyour health, order one today.

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No doubt, you have heard about vegetarians all your life. And maybe more recently, you've heard more and more about vegans. For some, the term appeared without much explanation. Has the term vegetarian been shortened to vegan? Is vegan a new synonym for vegetarian, or is it something entirely different?

A vegetarian excludes meat, poultry, and seafood from their diet. Some vegetarians also exclude dairy, some don't, and some may consume eggs. Likewise, vegans avoid meat, poultry, and seafood, but they also take it a step further by eliminating all animal products from their diet. This includes any type of animal milk and eggs. Vegans avoid foods produced using animals or animal products in any way, including honey. Many vegans also avoid household products, clothing, or other items made from animal products or tested on animals.

Both vegetarians and vegans have to be sure the complete spectrum of their nutritional needs are met. This means eating a balanced selection of foods to get their daily nutritional requirements of zinc, iron, calcium, and protein. Having a very diverse diet and taking advantage of all the food choices available is a great step in the right direction to getting all the nutrients your body needs. Popular foods among both vegetarians and vegans include kale, grains, nuts, legumes, and beans. Because processed foods are avoided, having vegan diet habits is a great way to get into the kitchen and prepare your own healthy and delicious dishes! Continue to watch the blog because I'll be sharing some of my favorite recipes and recipe resources in coming posts.

Vegans who take nutritional supplements have to be especially aware that just because nutritional supplements are marketed as "natural and healthy" doesn't automatically mean they're truly vegan safe (or even beneficial at all). When investing in vitamins or body cleansing products, make sure you only do business with a reputable company that stands by their products and divulges where and how things were produced. Avoid the slick ads that promise everything and explain nothing. Quality is not an appropriate category to cut corners. Global Healing Center produces and distributes a number of ultra high quality products that are vegan friendly, including VeganZyme and Oxy-powder.

Vitamin B12 is only found in substantial amounts through animal foods. For this reason, several studies have found that vegans and vegetarians have a higher tendency and risk to be B12 deficient. [1] Vitamin B12 is essential for energy metabolism in cells, proper brain function, red blood cell formation, among many other body processes. B12 deficiency can cause anemia, depression, fatigue, and much more. [2] To support the body and overall health, supplement your diet with a quality B12 product. It important not only for vegans and vegetarians but omnivores, too. I recommend VeganSafe B-12, an all-natural, vegan-friendly supplement made with the two most bioactive forms of vitamin B12.

As long as your nutritional requirements are met, adopting a plant-based diet offers you a huge range of health benefits. Your risk of developing many awful health conditions is greatly reduced. Listen, red meat, sugar, processed junk food, all that stuff it's terrible for your health and we all know it. However, the good news is that when you avoid those foods and replace them with whole, natural, organic foods- your heart and cardiovascular system benefit, your brain benefits, all the processes in your body benefit, and YOU benefit by enjoying chronic health robustness instead of chronic health ailments.

Want proof? Short of trying it for yourself, there's a film called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead that was released a year or two ago, I encourage you to watch it. Some people liked the film, some didn't, but the information and story it shares is interesting. The film followed a 60-day plan of an overweight gentleman who switched from unhealthy food to to an organic fruit and vegetable juice diet. He started overweight and on several medications, he finished 100 pounds lighter and was off all med. It was a radical change in diet that produced radical physical benefits, it could almost be described as an earned miracle. What's stopping you from having one yourself?

If you know someone who is a vegan or vegetarian, you may have noticed that they often seem to have a healthy amount of energy, they rarely get sick, and their overall view of the world is very positive. These are attractive characteristics and naturally pique the interest and curiosity of those who are not yet enjoying the benefits of vegetarian choices. If it's grabbed your attention and you'd like to join in, maybe it's time to start adopting vegan habits in your diet and enjoy better health yourself!

Have you already switched to vegan eating habits and got a tip to share? Please leave a comment!

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Eating Vegan

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Dining out vegan can be tricky, but at Panera, we think it should be easy for you to eat the way you want. (Valid 1/7/194/2/19.)

Here weve gathered a collection of our already-vegan options, plus some choices that can be made vegan with just a swap or two. Our definition of a vegan item is a food with no animal sources: no meat, fish, shellfish, milk, egg or honey products, and no enzymes and rennet from animal sources allowed.

Of course, all of our menu items (vegan and non-vegan) are prepared in the same kitchen, so while were happy to make your order just the way you want, we cant guarantee that there will be no cross-contact between ingredients.

One more thing to note: new items are added to our menu all the time, and some items are available only on a regional, test or seasonal basis. The list below will be updated periodically, but for the most up-to-date information, be sure to call or visit your local bakery-cafe and ask to speak to a manager, or check the nutrition information available at and on our mobile app.

Enjoy these items as-is:Bakery- Plain, Blueberry, Cranberry Walnut and Sesame Bagels- Black Pepper Focaccia, Sea Salt Focaccia, Country Rustic, Rye and Sourdough Breads- French Baguette

Breakfast- Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries & Pecans- Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apple Chips & Pecans- Seasonal Fruit Cup- Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk

Salads- Seasonal Greens: Try it with avocado and quinoa!

Soups- Ten Vegetable Soup

Broth Bowls- Vegan Lentil Quinoa Bowl- Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Edamame Blend

Sides- Apple- Banana- French Baguette- Kettle Chips- Pickle Spear

Try these with just a few customizations:Salads- Fuji Apple with Chicken: Order without chicken and Gorgonzola.- Greek: Order without feta.- Modern Greek: Order without feta.- Asian Sesame with Chicken: Order without chicken and wontons.- Spicy Thai with Chicken: Order without chicken and wontons.

Sandwiches- Mediterranean Veggie: Order without feta and switch to one of the bread choices listed above.

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Building a Balanced Vegetarian Kidney Diet – Kidney Diet Tips

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Posted March 2, 2017 in Diet Management, Tags: Kidney Diet, low protein, phosphate additives, Phosphorus, renal vegetarian diet, vegan, vegetarian, vegetarian kidney diet by Chhaya Patel, MA, RDN, CSR.

Can a kidney diet also be a vegetarian diet? Its estimated that about 5% of people on dialysis are vegetarians. Some of the reasons for following a vegetarian diet include religious, cultural, social and personal beliefs.Others adapt a meat-free diet because of taste changes due to uremia as a result of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Vegetarians generally avoid all animal products including eggs, beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood.

Limiting high protein foods may help slow the progression of CKD. Diets rich in red and processed meat are linked to higher rates of heart disease, cancer and death. Vegan and vegetarian diets are becoming more popular. This makes it easier for people to accept and follow protein-restricted vegetarian diets.

Wondering about how safe it is to follow a vegetarian diet? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics consider vegetarian diets to be safe, provided that low levels of vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin D are corrected by supplements.

Some kidney patients may require protein and calorie supplements depending on lab results for albumin and presence of inflammation. Diet recommendations differ for patients with CKD stage 2 to 4 compared to stage 5. The protein recommendation is 0.6 to 0.8 g/kg/day for patients with CKD stage 3 and 4. Vegetarian diets usually contain between 0.6 and 0.8 g/kg/day of vegetable proteins and may be less damaging to kidneys. CKD stage 5 patients on dialysis need a higher amount of protein: 1.0 to 1.2 g/kg/day due to protein loss during dialysis. Patients on dialysis may require nutrition drinks or bars to help meet their nutrition needs.

Balancing phosphorus can be a challenge when choosing a vegetarian eating plan. Extra phosphate binders, if prescribed, may be required in order to include whole grains, beans and nuts. Also, for those on dialysis it is important that adequate dialysis is prescribed in order to control waste build-up in the blood.

Very little is known about the toxic effect of phosphorus food additives, preserving agents or taste enhancers in ready to eat and processed foods. Phosphorus is usually not included on the nutrition label but is included in the ingredient list. It is recommended to avoid foods with ingredients that include phos in the name. This isbecause 90 to 100% of phosphorus from the inorganic phosphorus (additives) is absorbed quickly and easily and therefore should be avoided. According to some studies by Kalantar et al., only about 50% of organic sources of phosphorus (beans and nuts as their protein source) are absorbed by thegastrointestinaltract. Because humans do not completely digest these foods, the amount of phosphorus absorbed from grains, beans and peas, and nuts is relatively low. Looking only at the milligrams of phosphorus in foods is no longer the best way to create a kidney-friendly diet.

Recent studies highlighted the concerns about phosphate additives and warned about sodium and potassium content. It is especially important for vegetarians as most textured protein foods are preserved and have high sodium content. It is important to read nutrition labels for sodium content. Sodium and potassium should be limited to 2000 mg/day for most patients on hemodialysis.

If you are interested in starting a vegan or vegetarian diet, or if you are already following one, your dietitian can help. They can help determine your nutrient needs, and if your current intake is adequate. They can help adapt your eating plan for different stages of CKD to be sure you build a balanced vegetarian diet.

Try one of these kidney-friendly vegetarian dishes from DaVita.

Crunchy Tofu Stir Fry

Roasted Red pepper, Basil and Vegan Provolone Cheese Sandwich

Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Supper

For more information and a sample menu read The Vegetarian Diet and Chronic Kidney Disease and Building a balanced vegetarian diet, a Nephrology News and Issuesinterview with Chhaya Patel.

Reference: KalantarZadeh et al; Understanding Sources of Dietary Phosphorus in the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 5: 519-530, 2010.

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What Does Vegan Mean? –

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The best way to explain the vegan concept is to quickly define what vegan means, and then look at how and why the word came into existence.

A vegetarian diet is commonly understood to forbid meat and fish, but to allow both eggs and dairy. The word vegan takes this concept to the next level, cutting out every item of animal origin. Vegan refers to anything thats free of animal products: no meat, milk, eggs, wool,leather, honey and so forth. Your sandwich, your shampoo, andyour car seats are examples of itemsthat couldbe vegan.

Veganism carries at least three potential advantages:

Can you become a vegan through diet alone? Absolutely, since, as we will see in the next section, vegan was originally defined purely in dietary terms.

A handful of vegans(sometimes abrasively) insistthat veganism is not merely a diet, but extends into every corner of your lifestyle. In other words, you dont get to join theveganclub until you go beyond food to purge your life of leather, wool, and animal-derived cosmetics. Oftentimes, these vegans are doing the animals a grave disservice by definingthe vegan concept in the most rigid andexclusionaryway possible. These are people would love torevoke your vegan membership card if they find out you havent yet taken your 10-year-old leather winter boots to the thrift store.

The entire question of who gets to call themselves a vegan is annoying and not worth much attention. Rather than think ofveganism as an identity, its wisest to use it as a concept that can inspire you to remove animal products from your life, wherever you can easily do it. And its almost always easy.Oftentimes, its not readily apparent whether a given food or cosmetics ingredient comes from animals, so you can use our animal ingredientslist to familiarize yourself with the most common animal-derived substances.

No matter the degree to which you ultimately embrace the vegan concept, it makes sense tobeginyour transition by emphasizing dietary choices. After all, unless you buy a new fur coat every winter, the overwhelming majority of animal useassociated with your life almost certainly arises from yourfood choices.

To learn more about vegan living, check thesecompelling advantages of a vegan diet, as well as our our information onmaking an easy transition. You can learn everything you need to quickly and easily go veganby reading just one or two bookscheck out But I Could Never Go Vegan!orThe Ultimate Vegan Guide.

Donald Watson coined the termvegan in 1944 in Great Britain. Heres Watson from that year, in the first issue of The Vegan News, proposing that his readers either embrace the word, or come up with a better one, as the basis for a new social movement:

We should all consider carefully what our Group, and our magazine, and ourselves, shall be called. Non-dairy has become established as a generally understood colloquialism, but like non-lacto it is too negative. Moreover it does not imply that we are opposed to the use of eggs as food. We need a name that suggests what we do eat, and if possible one that conveys the idea that even with all animal foods taboo, Nature still offers us a bewildering assortment from which to choose. Vegetarian and Fruitarian are already associated with societies that allow the fruits (!) of cows and fowls, therefore it seems we must make a new and appropriate word. As this first issue of our periodical had to be named, I have used the title The Vegan News. Should we adopt this, our diet will soon become known as a VEGAN diet, and we should aspire to the rank of VEGANS. Members suggestions will be welcomed. The virtue of having a short title is best known to those of us who, as secretaries of vegetarian societies have to type or write the word vegetarian thousands of times a year!

Watsons article was immensely important, but he kept it short, since he only sought to cover what vegan means, and why the word deserved to be coined.

The questions of why and how to go vegan require much more space to properly answer, and over the years these answers have grown fuller and more compelling, as the wisdom of the vegan concept has grown more evident. These topics are covered at length in our Why Choose Vegan? and How to Go Vegan pages.

Finally, you may wish to explore the history of plant-based eating and veganism. If you want to discoverhow veganism went from an obscure World War II-era concept to one of the most influential ideas surrounding diet and food politics, check out A Vegan History: 1944-2010.

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Vegan Recipes

Heres a taste of the irresistible vegan dishes youll find in our recipe library. Be sure to check out The Full Helpings vegan cooking hacks to make the most of your time in the kitchen.

In addition to not eating meat, poultry or fish like vegetarians, vegans also avoid other animal products and by-products like eggs, dairy products and honey and foods that contain these products.

Whats the benefit? A plant-based diet is so good for you. Vegans typically consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more fiber and phytochemicals than standard diet followers. Add positive links between veg-based diets and lower levels of diabetes, obesity and more, and youve got a way of eating worth cheering for.

The key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is variety. A healthy and balanced vegan diet includes fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Below are some tips to help you navigate shopping and meal planning.

Reputable sources for detailed information on a complete vegan diet include The Vegetarian Resource Group, Mayo Clinic and Oldways Vegetarian and Vegan Food Pyramid. Be sure to check in with your health-care provider before starting any new diet.

Sure you know to avoid animal products, but sometimes, foods you wouldnt normally associate with animals contain their by-products. Watch for:

In addition to food products, cosmetics and soaps can also be derived from animal products. Check labels carefully.

Animal-derived ingredients are commonly found in supplements, so look for capsule and softgel products that say vegi-caps or highlight plant-derived sources on the label. Or ask a Whole Body team member for help. Here are some things to watch for:

In addition to the foods listed above, these products can make vegan cooking and eating easier:

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Looking at 8 clinical trials and a dozen of other studies on vegans we take a look through time at what changes you can expect and when as well as some hurdles and myths. Part 2: Links and Sources - - @micthevegan

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Clipping of vegetarian or vegetable, 1944[1]. Coined by Donald Watson of the Vegan Society and first appeared in The Vegan News[2].

vegan (not comparable)

Fruits, vegetables and seeds are vegan but meat and horse-riding are not.

He eats a completely vegan diet.

This chocolate cake is vegan.

This person is not vegan as they eat eggs and wear leather.

Yesterday I went to a vegan party.

She is interested in vegan philosophy.

relating to vegans or veganism

vegan (plural vegans)

supporter of veganism

We should all consider carefully what our Group, and our magazine, and ourselves, shall be called. 'Non-dairy' has become established as a generally understood colloquialism, but like 'non-lacto' it is too negative. Moreover it does not imply that we are opposed to the use of eggs as food. We need a name that suggests what we do eat, and if possible one that conveys the idea that even with all animal foods taboo, Nature still offers us a bewildering assortment from which to choose. 'Vegetarian' and 'Fruitarian' are already associated with societies that allow the 'fruits'(!) of cows and fowls, therefore it seems we must make a new and appropriate word. As this first issue of our periodical had to be named, I have used the title "The Vegan News". Should we adopt this, our diet will soon become known as a VEGAN diet, and we should aspire to the rank of VEGANS. Members' suggestions will be welcomed. The virtue of having a short title is best known to those of us who, as secretaries of vegetarian societies have to type or write the word vegetarian thousands of times a year!


Borrowed from English vegan.

vegan (comparative veganer, superlative am vegansten)

Comparative forms of vegan

Superlative forms of vegan

Borrowed from English vegan.

veganm (definite singular veganen, indefinite plural veganer, definite plural veganene)

Borrowed from English vegan.

veganm (definite singular veganen, indefinite plural veganar, definite plural veganane)

veganm (plural vegans or vegan)


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Dont worry about getting enough protein.Courtesy of Olives for Dinner

If youre trying to become a vegan, rich sources of concentrated protein include beans, soy products like tofu andseitan, quinoa, nuts, and hemp seeds, says Moran. Plus, there are vegan protein powders you can add to water and shakes. As long as you include these staples along with protein-rich veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, and broccoli, you should meet your daily requirements.

Pictured: Spicy Fava Bean Falafel on Olives for Dinner

Many who claim to be vegetarian or vegan are really starch-atarians filling meat voids with pasta, fries, bread, and other non-plant substitutes, says Ashayla Patterson of the bakery Sweet Artique. Try to eat more healthy, whole foods to give your body the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs.

When you remove animal products you lose a lot of the fat and salt, which is often what contributes to the cant-put-it-down taste, says Kroecher. He likes to add rich, complex flavors with walnuts, avocados, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, fresh basil, cold-pressed flax seed oil, and unrefined grey or pink sea salt. Other ingredients to consider include nuts, dried fruits, protein powder, chia or hemp seeds, and Spirulina, a protein-dense freshwater algae.

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Many staples of a vegan diet like grains, beans, and nuts are cheap, and they usually store well if you buy them in bulk. Bechter also suggests you join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); shop at farmers markets an hour before closing for discounts; and visit for dailydeals and discounts on vegan food and lifestyleproducts. You can also find more grocery shopping tips in the bookEat Vegan on $4 a Day, by Ellen Jaffe Jones, or at the site Plant Based on a Budget.

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