What's the Best Coffee for a Vegan Diet?

Coffee is more than a delightful beverage, it has become apart of our morning routine! It's the smell of freshly brewed coffee that gets us out of bed in the morning. It's the taste of freshly roasted beans, brewed to perfection with a kick of caffeine that starts our day.

The best part about coffee is that it does not discriminate against any diet! Because coffee beans, and therefore coffee, comes entirely from plants, its loved and accepted by all diets, even Vegans!

What is a Vegan Diet?

A vegan diet is a diet free of animal-based foods such as meat, dairy products, eggs, and honey. Therefore, the following foods ARE vegan and are free of animal by-products:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits and berries
  • Rice, wheat, and other grains
  • Beans, tofu, and tempeh
  • Soy milk and nut milk
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Vegetable oils

In today's world, the word "vegan" pertains to much more than what you don't eat. Veganism is a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty from food, clothing, or any other purpose. Being vegan is a lifestyle that is chosen for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. 

There are several variations of the vegan diet; however, when referring to veganism in general, these diets are rarely differentiated between. 

  • Whole-food vegan diet: This diet is based on whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. 
  • Raw-food vegan diet or thrive diet: This diet is based on raw whole plant foods or whole plant foods cooked at low temperatures of 118°F (48°C).
  • Low-fat vegan diet: This diet incorporates the raw-food vegan diet but limits fat-rich plants such as nuts and avocados and relies on the raw fruits and soft greens. 
  • The starch solution: This diet focuses on cooked starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn instead of fruit.
  • Raw till 4: This diet allows a cooked option plant-based meal for dinner. However, either the low-fat vegan diet or starch solution diet is consumed until 4:00 p.m.
  • Junk-food vegan diet: This diet focuses heavily on non-meats and cheeses (protein such as tofu), as well as fries, vegan desserts, and other processed vegan foods. 

What is the Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian?

Confusion between vegan and vegetarian happens often. There is just one slight difference between the two diets, but its the biggest difference of all. Vegetarians don't eat meat or fish (so no animals) but do allow eggs and dairy products into their diets (do allow animal by-products). Whereas, vegans don't eat anything that comes from animals or animal by-products (including meat, dairy products, eggs, or honey).

  • Vegetarian: Does not consume meat, poultry, or seafood. Does consume eggs and dairy products. 
  • Vegan: Does not consume meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy, or any other ingredients that are produced from animals (such as honey and gelatin). Being vegan also extends to a lifestyle change by not using any materials that come from animals including leather, fur, wool, silk, along with household products such as cosmetics and soaps that are made with or tested on animals. 

Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet

When done right, turning to a vegan diet can be very beneficial. Those that focus on incorporating whole plant foods into their vegan diet benefit from an intake of richer nutrients, weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, improved kidney function, lower risk of heart disease, and reduced pain from arthritis. 

Richer Intake of Nutrients

Whole plant foods provide more fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds such as potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E. 

Aids in Weight Los

Vegans have a natural tendency to reduce their calorie intake, therefore resulting in a thinner waistline and lower body mass index. 

Reduce Blood Sugar Levels & Improve Kidney Function

Due to a vegan's whole plant food diet, the benefits of this diet have been known to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, reduce blood sugar levels, improve kidney function, and even help to prevent further medical issues. 

Lower the Risk of Heart Disease

The whole plant food vegan diet is known to significantly reduce the risk factors that contribute to heart disease. 

Reduce Pain From Arthritis

The whole plant food vegan diet is rich in probiotics which in return can decrease the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Wild Foods BEST Coffee for a Vegan Diet!

Check out Wild Foods' best coffee for all diets, including the much loved Vegans! 

Wild Foods coffee beans are the cleanest, most wild beans we could find out of dozens of coffees we've tested. These premium grade beans are from small-farms, are Fair Trade certified, and are single-origin sourced and freshly roasted in small batches. 

Fair Trade certified coffee ensures the origin of the product. Farmers that grow Fair Trade coffee receive a fair price, and their local community benefits as well. Such ethical practices are a fantastic way to make our coffee not just great, but a responsible product too

Peru Medium Roast

The Peru Wild Coffee bean has a smooth, slightly nutty taste with an unassuming and consistent body that doesn't over impose on the palette. It's the kind of bean that appeals to the light and dark coffee drinkers alike!

Sidamo Medium Roast

The Wild Sidamo is our medium roast single-origin blend of Ethiopian beans. It is fruity and floral with hints of blueberry.

Mexico Dark Roast

Mexico Dark is a dark roast bean from the Chiapas region of Mexico. It is nutty with notes of caramel and slight baker's chocolate. 

Coffee is more than a delightful beverage, it has become apart of our morning routine! It's the smell of freshly brewed coffee that gets us out of bed in the morning. It's the taste of freshly roasted beans, brewed to perfection with a kick of caffeine that starts our day.

Commonly Asked Questions

Will switching to a vegan diet help me lose weight?

A vegan diet that emphasizes nutritious, whole plant foods, and limits processed ones may help you lose weight. As mentioned in the weight loss section above, vegan diets tend to help people eat fewer calories without having to consciously restrict their food intake.

What is the best milk substitute?

There are many plant-based milk alternatives to cow's milk. Soy and hemp varieties contain more protein, making them more beneficial to those trying to keep their protein intake high.

How can I replace eggs in recipes?

Chia and flaxseeds are a great way to replace eggs in baking. To replace one egg, simply mix one tablespoon of chia or ground flaxseeds with three tablespoons of hot water and allow it to rest until it gels. Scrambled tofu is a good vegan alternative to scrambled eggs.

Are vegans the healthiest?

The short answer to that is yes. Veganism can be one of the healthiest ways to eat. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds are all vegan staples that make your body happy.

Further Reading

https://www.vegan.com/what/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-diet-guide

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-diet-benefits

https://www.health.com/nutrition/difference-between-vegan-and-vegetarian