Vegans have a reputation for being picky eaters.
But is it true?
This week, we took a look at how we got to where we are today.
(Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) What’s vegan?
Vegans are vegetarians who eat only plant-based foods.
They don’t eat meat or eggs.
Some vegan recipes are called “vegan” because they contain no animal products.
Vegans typically follow a diet of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
Vegers also have a range of healthful supplements and supplements that include herbs and other natural ingredients.
Vegan restaurants and bars tend to be smaller, less-traditional eateries that offer vegetarian and vegan meals.
But they are also increasingly popular with people who are looking for more healthful options.
How did vegan restaurants get into our lives?
The first vegan restaurant opened in the United States in the late 1940s.
In 1949, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a physician at the University of Chicago, opened the first vegetarian restaurant in the country.
His restaurant served meals that were a hybrid of Indian and Chinese cuisine.
Gates later opened two more vegan restaurants and opened a vegan-friendly spa.
Later, the first vegan coffee shop opened in Brooklyn.
It became a popular hangout for hippies and the New Left.
The first vegetarian sandwich shop opened on Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1948.
Its first owner, William Morris, made a point of serving vegetarian sandwiches to people who weren’t vegan, including members of the Communist Party.
But in 1949, the U.S. government banned the sale of meat to any U. S. citizen.
That ban was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1961, and by 1965, the ban was expanded to cover fish.
This was followed by the FDA’s Meat Inspection Act of 1970, which made meat and dairy products available for purchase from supermarkets.
As vegan restaurants opened, they were popular with customers who weren.
Today, more than one-third of Americans eat meat, eggs, dairy and seafood.
According to the Vegetarian Resource Center, nearly one in four Americans (23.7 million) eat meat.
And the number of Americans who eat meat is growing rapidly.
Vegetarians have made up roughly one-fifth of the U, S. population, and in 2012, the number grew to one-fourth, according to the Vegan Resource Center.
What are the health benefits of eating vegan?
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vegan diets can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Vegas also tend to have lower rates of certain cancers, including breast cancer, prostate and colon.
A vegan diet can lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and it can reduce the risk for colon cancer, which can be caused by eating certain types of fat.
Vegan diets also can help with weight loss, according the U.,S.
National Institutes of Health.
Many people who eat vegan diets say they are feeling better.
Vegan food is more filling and less expensive, and people generally feel healthier, said Dr. Jennifer Wojcicki, director of nutrition research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Are vegan restaurants safe?
Some vegans claim they are not safe to eat in restaurants.
The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates restaurants, says that restaurants can’t serve food that has been contaminated with animals, such as animals used in cosmetics.
A 2014 FDA ruling also found that vegan restaurants can have “false or misleading” information about meat alternatives and animal testing.
But many people still use them anyway.
Why is there such a stigma about veganism?
The stigma is partly due to misconceptions about vegans, according a recent report by the University in New South Wales.
Many vegans believe they are secretly eating a meat-based diet, but that’s not true, the report said.
For instance, some vegans think the word “veggie” refers to animals that are “chewed,” according to a 2014 report by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.
Others believe the word vegan means something different than “vegetarian.”
People who are vegan or vegetarian tend to not believe in animal cruelty, and they also tend not to identify as being vegans or vegetarians, according in the study.
Still, it’s a stigma that keeps many vegans from joining the movement.
Are there health benefits to eating vegan food?
Many health experts agree that the benefits of a vegan diet are clear.
The American Heart Association states that vegan diets have been linked to a reduced risk of certain heart disease and other diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
The U.K. Vegan Society also says that vegans can lower their risk of many types of cancers.
Vegarians also can lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Vegan-friendly products also can reduce inflammation in the body.
Many studies also show that eating a vegan meal has