The Evidence for a Vegan Diet, The Atlantic, January 18, 2012
Where he said:
"Here is a comprehensive list of what I ate, in one form or another, on the day I wrote this:About that list, he said:
Kale, mustard greens, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, quinoa, amaranth, pinto beans, beets, parsnips, turnips, yellow peas, brown rice, kimchi, purple cabbage, butternut squash, blueberries, a banana, hemp seeds, flaxseed oil, snap peas, an apple, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pistachio nuts, garlic, broccoli, raisins, granola, avocado, polenta, salsa, a few saltines, a piece of raisin toast with apricot jam, tofu, coffee, olive oil, harisa, chickpeas, tomatoes, a small handful of chocolate chips, a couple of beers ... and a vitamin."
"Forty-three discrete plant foods, a couple of processed items, a little alcohol and caffeine, very few carbs, a B-12 pill."About that "very few carbs" point he made, do you agree with him? That he ate very few carbs?
I've run into this at work and on a few forums. Some people equate, say, bread with carbs. Or cookies, pancakes, muffins, pretzels, pasta. Those are carbs. But an apple? Even though 95% of its calories come from carbohydrates, some people don't think of it as a carb. Pure lemon juice is 95% carbs. Carrots and tomatoes are about 90% carbs. Cabbage is 85% carbs. Even greens like kale get about three quarters of their calories from carbs. A vegan diet, especially a low-fat one, is in all likelihood a high-carbohydrate diet. I get into trouble when I say high-carb diets can be healthful because some people think I'm saying it's healthful to eat a lot of processed grain products.