The Independent

It’s that time again for the Vegetarian Society of Utah’s monthly vegan potluck. Normally held the second Saturday of each month, June’s potluck will occur on Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at 240 N 200 W in St. George. It’s the best buffet in town!

This Saturday, there will also be greenhouse-fresh collards, chard, kale, and tomatoes for sale. Quantities are limited, so get there early.

The Vegetarian Society of Utah’s purpose is to educate interested individuals, organizations, and the general public about the values and benefits of vegetarianism, whole foods, and plant-based lifestyles, providing support and social activities for vegetarian-oriented people.

Vegan dishes contain no ingredients derived from animals. Almost any dish can easily be made vegan—and, in most cases, already has. Vegan diets have become so commonplace that a simple web search for the name of any food or dish, preceded by the word “vegan,” typically yields an overwhelming number of results.

While the health benefits of vegan diets have long been known, doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and dieticians are still discovering its effectiveness in reversing cardiovascular diseases, warding off cancer, preventing osteoporosis, reversing diabetes, and more. Well-planned vegan diets contain all the nutrients required by the human body for optimal health and longevity without any of the health hazards associated with animal-based foods.

In addition, vegan diets require hundreds, sometimes thousands, of times less water than diets containing animal products, which is a big deal for populations located in desert areas with limited water. Veganism is also compatible with all faiths and actively promoted by most.

VSU’s monthly potlucks are free, and people of all ages, from the elderly to infants, are welcome. The potluck is held in a little white building next to the Senior Citizens’ Center. Please bring a vegan dish to share that serves 8 to 10 people, your own plates and utensils, a recipe to display for your dish (or simply a list of ingredients for those with food allergies), and a drink. For more information, please visit http://www.vsutah.org/educational-programs/potlucks.

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