The rise of pe­gan­ism

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We’ve all heard of pa­leo and ve­gan di­ets by now, but pe­gan­ism – think cave­man meets cru­elty-free eat­ing – has been dubbed the world’s health­i­est diet. On Pin­ter­est, pe­gan­re­lated searches are up 337 per cent and it’s among the so­cial me­dia com­pany’s top 100 trends for 2019. So what ex­actly is it, you ask? Ba­si­cally, the diet cham­pi­ons nat­u­ral, whole foods – plenty of fresh fruit and veg, healthy pro­tein and fats (“phat fats”, such as ghee and co­conut but­ter, are also big this year), noth­ing from an­i­mals and no pro­cessed junk. A pa­leo diet also cuts out grains, legumes and beans: the phi­los­o­phy be­hind it is our bod­ies should be fu­elled by foods that ex­isted in the Pa­le­olithic era, be­fore agri­cul­ture came along.

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