WHAT IS A VEGAN DIET?
It is a plant-based diet where any animal by-products are restricted. Yes, even honey.
Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.
“In dietary terms, it refers to the practice of dispensing with all animal produce, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, animal milks, honey, and their derivatives.”, explains the International Vegetarian Union.
WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?
The basics of veganism include the diet and lifestyle choices.
There are so many vegan foods out there. Here are a few examples:
- All fruits – Apples, Berries, Bananas, Mangoes, Papaya, Pineapples, Oranges, Kiwi, Grapes, etc
- All vegetables – Carrots, Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Brocolli
- Nuts and seeds – Cashew, Sunflower seeds, Peanuts, Peanut butter, Walnuts, Almonds, etc
- Legumes – Beans, Tofu, Soy, Lentils, Green grams, Chickpeas, etc
- Starches – Potatoes, Pasta, Rice, Quinoa, Wraps, etc
- Non-dairy milk – Almond milk, Coconut milk, Soy milk, Oat milk, etc
- Sweets and Snacks – Nicecreams, Vegan chocolates, vegan cakes, vegan sweets
- Junk food – Fries/chips, Onion rings
- Traditional African – Ugali, Githeri, Jollof rice, Mukimo, Akpu, Injera flat bread, etc
Vegan or vegetarian cooks works harder, because there is more preparation with the vegetables than any other foods.
WHAT VEGANS DON’T EAT
Animal by-products, which include: meat, dairy, eggs, fish, jelly, honey and some alcohol. This also includes:
- leather, fur, silk, wool, suede, feathers or pearls.
- Products tested on animals.
- Personal care products (beeswax and lanolin).
Some vegans go as far as avoiding medicines that contain animal products. However, all medicines are currently tested on animals prior to being used by humans.
WHY PEOPLE GO VEGAN
The ethical reasons people go vegan include:
- As a solution to world hunger. Plant based diets are a more efficient food source. Grains and plant based foods can save up to 8.1 billion lives by 2050 (research)
- Environmental issues from animal agriculture (greenhouse effect). Also, for better and efficient use of our resources.
- Protection of animals and objection of animal abuse. For example poaching of elephants for Ivory trade.
A vegan diet is one of the healthiest ways to live. Vegan diets rely on healthy foods, they are higher in vitamins and nutrients while also being low in cholesterol and saturated fats. A plant-based diet can reduce the the risk of conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Colon cancer and prostate cancer
Vegans need to pay good attention to their diets to avoid specific nutrient deficiencies.
- We simply do not require animal products for survival, shelter or clothing.
- A plant-based diet is healthy for our bodies and the environment.
- We are currently using plants and cereals to feed animals for animal agriculture, that we intend to kill. Which instead these resources could be used as part of the solution to hunger and famine. Veganism is now fundamentally crucial to our survival as a species.
- Animals are capable of feeling a wide range of emotions including pain, fear, sadness, and loneliness. Food production animals are being abused and tortured, and that is putting it lightly. When you spend money on meat, eggs, dairy, animal based products, products that employ animal testing, animals at entertainment, etc., you are effectively supporting the industry and what they are doing is abusing animals for profit.
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