Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted March 5, 2011

Published in Lifestyle

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2,068 Vegans Tell All

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New Survey Shows Vegans are Happy and Thriving

In our over-stressed and rushed world, is there a simple secret to inner peace? Amid the wasteland of fast food and supermarkets crammed with thousands of processed choices, is there a straight line to health? Surrounded by pavement and parking lots, how can you feel a direct connection to the majesty of nature?

2,068 vegans took a moment to share the answers in the survey Vegan From the Inside. Respondents completed questions on what it’s like for them to be on an animal-free diet, plus wrote in over 100 pages of comments. People from around the world participated; about three-quarters from the United States, and the rest from Canada, Australia, the UK, and many other countries. All had been on a 100% plant-based diet for at least 3 months, with 10% vegan for more than a decade.

balance slide.jpgYou can read the press release and complete survey report with all the numbers on the survey’s website. You can even download charts to use in your own writing or research.

This first-of-its-kind project paints a complex picture of what it’s like to be vegan – and it’s a picture that in no way matches the misconceptions and stereotypes in mainstream media. Here’s a quick list of the six myths that the survey demolishes, replaced by just the facts.

MYTH ONE. Vegans are pale, weak, and unhealthy because their diet lacks protein and other vital nutrients. Fact: fully 68.6% of respondents got healthier after starting an animal-free diet. Only 1.6% said their health got worse. Over half noted their energy level improved after they became vegan, while 44% got more physically active.

MYTH TWO. A vegan diet is not a good weight-loss choice because of all those darn “carbs.” Fact: four out of ten respondents lost weight they wanted to lose after going plant-based, and almost that many started at their ideal weight and stayed there. How many gained weight?

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