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Distorting the Truth – 19 October 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

The October 2007 issue of the AARP Bulletin has a page entitled “Guide to 50 Calorie Snacks” by Mike Klesius and illustrated by Seymour Chwast in a cartoon-like fashion.

Unfortunately, the foods under the heading “Vegan” leave much to be desired – 4 of the 5 selections are processed foods; and judging by the name – Nature Valley Oats ‘N Honey Granola Bar – one is not even vegan! Honey is derived from bees and bees are not plants – they are animals.

Yet all of the snacks (with the possible exception of “red or white wine”) mentioned under the heading “Mediterranean,” and a few under other headings, are really vegan.

Is it any wonder that the public is confused about really healthful living? There seems to be no end to the distortion of what is a healthful, compassionate way of life that is good for humans, good for other animals, and good for the environment we all share. A vegan diet – comprised of mainly unprocessed fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans), grains, and nuts – is easy, nutritious, delicious, and fills the bill.

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