An Increasing Number of Americans Are Making the Switch to Veganism

While veganism isn’t a new concept, it has grown in popularity over the past few years. In fact, according to GlobalData, the number of vegans in the United States grew from 1% to 6% between 2014 and 2017.

Those who are vegan do not eat anything containing animal products (such as dairy and eggs), and prefer not to use products made of fur, leather, wool or down feathers. People who choose to follow a vegan diet do so for various reasons, including environmental, ethical or health reasons.

Making the switch from animal-based products is something you can do on your own. Making the switch in your diet, though, is a more involved process. Every person is different. That’s why it’s important to discuss your desire to become a vegan with your doctor before you change your diet.

A Handy Guide to Portion Control

A serving of protein should be the size of the palm of your hand.

A serving of carbs should be the size of your fist.

A serving of vegetables should be the size of an open hand.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 290
Total Fat 15 g
Protein 19 g
Carbohydrates 19 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Sodium 540 mg
Total Sugars 4 g

Source: USDA

Potato and Ham Skillet With Eggs


  • 2 potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 onions (small, chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 6 eggs (beaten)
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 6 ounces frozen ham (thawed and chopped, about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese (shredded)


  1. In a medium-size skillet, cook potatoes in oil over medium heat until just soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in onion, green peppers and ham, and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Pour eggs and black pepper over potato mixture in pan, and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until eggs are firm and cheese is melted.

Makes: 6 servings

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.