Yummy Plants, the vegan online community based in Pittsburgh, is sprouting around the Internet and sending shoots out across the seas, from Europe to Australia.
Founded by Rebecca Gilbert about two years ago, Yummy Plants now hosts more than 2,600 Facebook fans. The site has been featured in a number of publications, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, VegNews, and Diets in Review. Rebecca was a guest speaker at the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival in March and will be a presenter at the 38th Annual Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown, PA, on July 1, 2012.
“A vegan diet is becoming mainstream,” Rebecca said, commenting on the site’s strong growth. “People are shifting towards plant-based protein sources for many reasons including health, the environment, and ethics. The site is designed to show people how easy it can be to follow a vegan diet.”
Experts see plant-based nutrition as a solution to many of the world’s problems. Physicians are recommending that we eat more unrefined, natural foods – grains, fruits, and veggies – to lower our cholesterol, improve heart functions, protect against diabetes, and maintain a healthy weight. Environmentalists believe that a vegan diet sustains Earth’s resources, a necessity in a period of climate change and population growth.
For vegans or folks who just want to add more fruits and veggies to their diet, Yummy Plants offers the community an abundance of resources: the Yummy Plants© 101 – easy transition tips for a vegan diet, vegan recipes, a community forum, vegan-friendly restaurants, health and lifestyle tips, and product reviews.
Though young, the Yummy Plants community is growing quickly, providing support and connecting people to create a healthier, greener world.