The Three types of Diet and the three types of People
Omnivore? Vegetarian? Or Vegan?
Suppose there are three types of people classified in terms of diet, then there would be the omnivores, the vegetarians and the vegans. Omnivores eat animal source foods as well as fruits and vegetables. Actually they eat all sorts of food. Vegetarians obviously are the fruit and vegetable eaters, while most animal flesh and animal products are excluded in their diet. However, some vegetarians consume by-products of cow and/or chicken. On the other hand, vegans are the type of vegetarian who are strictly into fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Animal flesh and dairy products like eggs, cheese, butter, ice cream, milk and yogurt are all excluded in a vegan diet. There are a lot of good things a vegan diet could bring but there are also some disadvantages. Advantages include a lower risk to hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and to certain types of cancers. Vegan diets are usually high in fiber so they keep the digestive tract healthy. Disadvantages include the development of possible nutritional deficiencies. Some vegans may have low levels of vitamin B12, calcium, iron and vitamin D unless they really follow a nutritionally balance diet or include nutrient supplements. As a whole, vegan diet can be very healthy if coupled with good intentions, discipline and right knowledge. Bottom line is whether you’re vegan or not, your overall health status would still depend on food discipline and knowledge about diet and nutrition.
The Best Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
Vegan banana bread
This recipe for banana bread includes a good list of vegan ingredients. It uses a healthier sugar alternative, sucanat sugar, which is a less refined form of sugar cane. It is grainier, healthier and it retains more of the dried sugar cane juice. It’s also lesser in sucrose compared to the more refined/processed types of sugar. The best thing about this recipe is using applesauce. This absolutely nutritious ingredient can be an amazing substitute for oil. The deep rich flavors of molasses and sucanat sugar made a huge difference in the bread’s over-all taste. Whole wheat flour also adds more to the nutritional goodness of this vegan dessert. It means more soluble fibers! Truly vegan!
Makes one loaf
- 2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup applesauce (I used cinnamon spiced)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup sucanat sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and then lightly lubricate a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with a cooking spray.
Mash bananas thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses, and beat swiftly to combine.
Stir in flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir and mix with a wooden spoon until the wet and dry ingredients are just well combined. If you’re using chocolate chips or nuts, fold them in this time.
Transfer the batter to the prepared greased pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Bake until the top turns lightly brown and a knife inserted through the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow cooling for a few minutes
Slice and serve!