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There’s an assumption among many that a vegan diet will automatically be healthier. But when you consider that Oreo cookies are 100% vegan-friendly, it becomes clear that there are plenty of these foods that, while not containing any animal products or by-products, are absolutely loaded with refined sugar, processed flour, oils, saturated and trans fats, sodium, and more. To create a successful low-fat vegan diet, you should focus on nutrient-rich foods full of the good things your body needs and free from additives and other more harmful ingredients.

Many vegans seeking a successful low-fat diet choose to follow a raw diet. This consists largely of whole, unprocessed foods, raw, uncooked vegetables and fruits—including plenty of greens. Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and other nutrients that have incredible benefits for your body and your overall health, and when consumed raw, uncooked, and unprocessed, provide these nutrients in higher concentrations.

Eating more whole foods, such as choosing whole grains over white flour as well as cutting out refined sugar, oils and butters (even vegan butter substitutes!), and foods high in sodium are also a great way to get the most out of a vegan diet.

At the same time, you should be mindful that some of your favourite fruits and veggies—we’re looking at you, avocado—are very fatty, as are classic meat and dairy substitutes, such as tofu, tempeh, and coconut milk. These things should be enjoyed in moderation, if at all!

Another pitfall of the low-fat vegan diet many people miss is they only consider the fat and calories that they eat—but not those they drink. That venti soy latte loaded with sugar that gets you through the morning may not fill the stomach, but it’s certainly full of those fats your entire diet is designed around avoiding. Try swapping it out for a black coffee, or, if that is not to your liking, a low-fat, high-energy snack such as a banana or a mango (both of which are naturally sweet).

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