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Local residents advocate vegan diet, Vegan Challenge

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:49 am

When Valley resident Helen Jaffa had open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm nine years ago, she knew she needed to do something big to improve her health. After years of pestering from her vegan daughter, Jaffa made the decision to go completely vegan, becoming part of a trend that’s on the rise.

According to a study by research firm Global Data, veganism in the U.S. has risen from 1 percent of the population in 2014 to 6 percent today. Israel has high rates of veganism as well, since a vegan diet — which excludes all animal-derived food, including dairy products, eggs and honey — is also more kosher-friendly.

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