The Pegan Diet Rules

Is Pegan the new Paleo? Find out all about this new, more inclusive diet from Dr. Mark Hyman.

The Pegan Diet Rules

The vegan diet has long been praised for its health benefits and emphasis on plant-based eating, but following the diet can be a challenge if you like to eat out. The Paleo diet is more flexible, but it can sometimes be hard to know what counts as Paleo and what doesn’t. The new “Pegan” diet combines the two to create a healthy diet that leaves behind the inflexibility of veganism and the rule book of Paleo. Find out what’s allowed in the Pegan diet and how it can help you achieve your diet goals.

What Is a Vegan Diet?

A vegan diet is one that eliminates all animal products and focuses only on plant-based foods. That not only means no meat, but also means no dairy and no eggs. Most vegans also try to avoid processed animal products, like gelatin, that sometimes get added to foods that seem like they would otherwise be vegan. Because the diet is low in calories, cholesterol and saturated fat, going vegan tends to help with weight loss and helps normalize your cholesterol and blood pressure. While more and more restaurants are offering vegan options, it can be hard to find a place to eat out in some parts of the country.

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