Learn how to cook like a vegan
By Jimmy Currier, Observer staff writer
With obesity and related diseases on the rise, people are
searching for a way to lose weight and become healthy.
While a vegetarian diet is not certain to ward off all
diseases, statistically, vegetarians have a lower rate of
disease than non-vegetarians.
Dr. Glenn Wiltse of Albuquerque says that vegetarians live
10-14 years longer than the average population. Also, on
the average, vegetarians have lower blood pressure, a lower
rate of cancer, lower incidence of heart attacks and a
lower rate of diabetes.
If you look down at the gamut of degenerative diseases
affecting our country today, vegetarians are better off,
Wiltse, who grew up on a farm in Iowa, has been a
vegetarian for 50 years.
The 87-year old doctor wants to share his knowledge with
Anyone that can look at you, you leave alone, Wiltse
Many people are skeptical of the vegan diet because of a
perceived lack of protein. Wiltse debunks that myth.
Legumes are our primary source of protein, he said.
Looking at the protein in beans and the protein quality,
its about the same as in beef. Beans are a big part of our
diet, as well as nuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice and
Wiltse said the average American eats twice as much protein
as the body needs and that produces ill effects, including
extra work for the kidneys and creating excess waste.
Wiltse pointed out there are several reasons why one would
becomes a vegetarian, including health, spiritual and