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5. Don't assume vegan food products are healthier

Vegan cookies aren't necessarily any better for your waistline than regular cookies. Garlic bread made with vegan margarine isn't necessarily any healthier for your heart than the same bread made with butter. Processed vegan foods often contain saturated-fat-laden palm oil and coconut oil. Stick to whole, nutritious food combinations like carrots and hummus, nuts and dried fruit, whole-grain tortilla chips with guacamole. Indulging in vegan treats every so often is fine, but don't justify them as "healthy" simply because they're vegan. Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune