I was reminded of this recently. A patient with high triglycerides told me of her intent to become a vegan. She ate two meals and usually one smoothie every day from a local vegan restaurant. While she was completely vegan at this point, her repeat blood work looked no better -- her triglycerides were still very high.
Why is this???
Not everything that is vegan is healthy. Salt and oil are vegan. So are avocadoes. And coconut milk. And white bread. So, even on a diet that is vegan, we can still be unhealthy.
And, it's important to remember that when you eat at a restaurant, you don't know what has been added to your food for flavor. Vegan or not, the chef usually does not care about your long-term health; he or she just wants you to love the food so you come back and buy more.
While I love a good restaurant meal, most of my meals are prepared at home. I usually pack a salad loaded with veggies and tofu slices or lentils and a piece of fruit for dessert.
Remember: A healthful vegan diet consists of plant-based foods that are unprocessed (or minimally processed), with lots of fruits and vegetables, with minimal (if any) oil, and low in salt.