Dr. Oz, the renowned health expert and daily talk show host, dedicated an entire episode to the vegan diet earlier this year. A three minute segment can be seen in the video below.
In the episode, “The Beginner’s Guide to Going Vegan Without Going Crazy,” Dr. Oz confidently told his audience that the vegan diet will be the “single biggest movement of 2017,” before busting a few myths about the lifestyle.
Dr. Oz noted that 3.7 million Americans now eat a vegan diet, and that the lifestyle has increased significantly in popularity in recent years: “we all probably know someone who’s vegan,” he noted on his show.
“And here’s the big deal,” he said. “Studies continue to show people who live like this end up being healthier, feeling better, and living longer.”
The segment is the latest of Dr. Oz’s recent discussions of vegan diets, including an appearance earlier in 2017 on The Wendy Williams Show where he touted the benefits of ditching animal products for the new year as part of the “21 Day Weight Loss Breakthrough.”
The vegan diet excludes any foods derived from animals: meat, eggs, dairy, fish–even honey. The diet is rooted in ethics, but there are many reasons the vegan diet is so relevant right now: scientific research continues to point to the environmental benefits in decreased animal consumption–from reduced methane emissions to cleaner water, the benefits to the planet are undeniable.
With help from Terry Hope Romero, longtime vegan and author, Dr. Oz highlighted some key foods to incorporate in transitioning to veganism, including beans, quinoa, and sweet potatoes.
Dr. Oz recommends the vegan diet as the best way for the more than one million followers of his 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough program to keep their weight loss goals and improved health momentum going. “If you love how you look and how you feel,” he says, “this is going to be the next step to take you to the next level.”
He put to rest the myth that vegans can’t eat anything–that being vegan is a limited and unfulfilling diet. He also helped prove that vegan food is delicious, and that it can effectively and seamlessly take the place on animal products. Guests who tried some plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy were impressed with the flavors and textures.