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Justin Droms, a Cracked Magazine editor, recently put himself on a hardcore diet of going vegan for 30 days. Ultimately, he lost about 16 pounds and his cholesterol went down, but his blood sugar and blood pressure went up. He documented it for Good Magazine. Photos from there, too. Also on their site, you can watch Justin eating an entire head of cabbage; his punishment for cheating on the diet.

About his experience…

This might be the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth, I think an hour later as I try a fingerful of vegan mayonnaise. Some “analogues,” as Vegan Action describes these food substitutes, taste a little off to the recovering meataholic. The mayonnaise, for one, tastes like vinegar-flavored Jell-O, and if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I’d really like to eat some cat vomit,” then vegan ham is for you. Others, however, are borderline outstanding. Vegan steak is flat-out convincing, and minimizes the time I’ll spend staring at ground beef in the grocery store (although, like vegetarian Indian cuisine, it maximizes the time I’ll spend in the bathroom). Vegan chicken nuggets are the best; though they’re filled with a grainy meal, the crispy outside is just like the real deal, especially if drenched in a half-gallon of ketchup.

Also from Good Magazine…

The average American adult eats roughly 50 pounds of pork, 66 pounds of beef, 86 pounds of chicken, 17 pounds of fish, and one pound of lamb annually.

That’s 220lbs of meat. Yum.

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