Originally Posted by WereBear
You are mistaken. The vegan diet is loaded with sugar. Our local health food store is lots of vegan items, and they are extremely high carb in any case.
As I tried to make sure everyone understood, what I said up there is just an observation of what I happen to see in the store where I work. As far as saying that I don't see customers who appear to be vegan buying as many starchy foods, I meant that in relation to the amount of starchy foods the general customer buys.
So I'm not saying that the ones who appear to be eating a vegan diet are not eating loads of sugary stuff - I'm saying that when I see people who mostly buy leafy greens and other fresh veggies and fruits (almost all produce in their usual order), they're not buying so much starchy stuff - very little bread, noodles and such, for some reason I have yet to figure out. We have a fairly large natural foods section in our store, and even our own brand of natural and/or organic items scattered throughout the rest of the store, but the ones who are exclusively buying produce at our store aren't necessarily buying any of our natural and organic products either.
For all I know, maybe the ones loading up on produce are gluten free, and just happen to have enough sense to know that the plethora of gluten free junk food we sell is still junk, no better for them than other junk food.
That also doesn't mean I can say with any kind of certainty that the ones who load up on produce at our store (but not much else) aren't buying loads of sugary or starchy stuff at the mom & pop natural food store across the parking lot from our store - I'm only observing that they just aren't buying it in our store.
Maybe they just buy all their produce at our store, because they think our produce is really good. (I don't think it's that great, but then I grew up on a farm -I know what really
fresh produce is like, and our store's simply isn't.)
Basically what it amounts to is that my observation on all this is about as effective as any individual person's observation - not at all scientific in any way, just an observation, and what I see may or may not be the whole story.