“Vege”-tarian Diets?

I was in a debate online with some vegetarians about nutrition this morning, and one of them suggested that I go to the site GoVeg.com.  So I did. 

Here’s the first image on thier site;

first image

Here’s the one labeled “transitions”…all products, no food.

transition hhhmmmm..no veggies here..

On thier site I took one of thier meal plans for one day ands analyzed it.  I copied thier recipes exactly and used software to get the nutrition info for the day.  Here are the results. Hhhmmmm, lots more “products”, nothing I would consider real food…and still no vegetables in site…looks like mostly soy and seitan (pure wheat gluten- a component of some grains that humans cannot digest)…

So, here is thier menu for one day;

Breakfast

Banana Muffins
Fresh fruit

Lunch

Avocado Reuben
Sumptuous Spinach Salad With Orange-Sesame Dressing

Dinner

Mama’s Mock Meatloaf
Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes With Brown Gravy

Here’s the nutrition info for this day;
2583 calories- too high

Calories from fat-  47%
Calories from carbs-  47%
Calories from Protein-  9%

Protein is dangerously low.
Fat % would be fine except that most of the fat is mono-unsaturated fats, which leads to cancer, stoke and heart disease. And who recommends margarine anymore…haven’t you heard that hydrogenated fats and trans-fats are UNHEALTHY?

Vitamin C was 391 mg. too low
Vitamin D was only 21640 IU, way low, you need a minimum of 50,000 IU a day.
Calcium was at 87% of the RDA, a figure which is too low anyway.
Cholesterol was only 3% of what the governments recommendations are! 

This is NOT good nutrition; too many carbs, not enough protein, no high quality protein whatsoever, no vital amino acids and CLA, not enough healthy fats for building an immune system, not enough fiber from veggies.

And, why are they calling this a vegetarian diet…I see no almost no veggies here.  Most of the carbs come from white flour and sugar.  Soy is a highly toxic food for humans, it’s not a good replacement for grass fed meats.

Here’s what thier FAVORITE “PRODUCTS’  page looks like;

So grab a shopping cart, stroll down the aisle of your local supermarket or health food store, and add these great vegan vittles to your grocery list:  dairy subs

Dairy Substitutes

    Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread
    Soy Garden Natural Buttery Spread
    Tofutti Soy-Cheese Slices
    Organic Soy Delicious Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
    Tofutti Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
    Soyco—Soymage Vegan Grated Parmesan
    WholeSoy Creamy Cultured Soy Yogurt
    WhiteWave—Silk Chocolate Soymilk
    Tofutti—Better Than Cream Cheese
    Smart Balance 37% Light Buttery Spread
    Follow Your Heart—Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative
    Rice Dream Non-Dairy Beverages

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Beef Substitutes

    Boca Original Vegan Burgers
    Gardenburger California Burgers
    Now & Zen—Unsteak
    Nate’s Meatless Meatballs
    Morningstar Farms—Better ’n Burgers Veggie Burgers
    Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Burgers
    Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Steak Strips

400-chicken

Chicken and Turkey Substitutes

    Gardenburger Flame Grilled Chik’n
    Gardenburger Buffalo Chik’n Wings
    Nate’s Chicken Style Nuggets
    Yves Veggie Cuisine—Veggie Chick’n Burgers
    Tofurky Deli Slices
    Yves Veggie Cuisine—Veggie Turkey Slices
    Boca Chik’n Patties
    Boca Chik’n Nuggets
    Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik’n Strips

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Seafood Substitutes

    Vegieworld.com—Vegetarian Lobster Balls
    Vegieworld.com—Vegetarian Salmon
    Natural Touch—Tuno

I have yet to find any mention of fruits and vegetables, or real food on this site….jeeez, ya think someone selling “products” might be behind all this??

I eat 2000 calories a day. (See the post before this one for a typical day for me)Every single calorie I eat comes from REAL FOOD!   NOT products, nothing processed, all of it needs no labels, it’s whole food.  I eat on about 40 bucks a week, grow almost all my own veggies and herbs.  No packaging to throw away to fill up our landfills, plenty of great compost to grow more veggies with.  I am able to eat almost all locally grown and produced food.

Which diet looks healthier to you AND our planet???


One Comment on ““Vege”-tarian Diets?”

  1. Kymus says:

    Having looked at the GoVeg site, I am troubled that they fall into the trap of “our way is best; the other way is disease”. Specifically, they have no problem misleadingly (whether intentionally or accidentally) suggesting that animal products lead to a range of complications. Certainly conventional milk will lead to cancer thanks to the rBGH boosting IGF-1 in the body, and likewise conventional meats will definitely lead to cancer due to their preservatives, but not all foods are the same. It would be easy for me to say that broccoli leads to alzheimers, but in reality it’s the pesticides that are the problem, not the broccoli.

    I myself am not a vegetarian, but I do support the diet and lifestyle as a sound diet that leads to good health. Of course, for many, these packaged products are what constitutes as a “vegetarian diet”. While at Whole Foods I encountered a lady who had switched to a vegetarian diet because she thought it would help her be healthy and lose weight (which it will) but she was purchasing all kinds of processed “vegetarian” packaged foods. She didn’t know what it meant if something was processed or refined (I had to teach her in the supermarket); she just understood what most Americans understand: calories and fat.

    This article solidifies my negative opinion of GoVeg.com and (while I hate to say it) makes me very curious as to whether any of the companies that sell these disastrous products supply GoVeg with funding.

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