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What is a vegan diet?

Being a vegan is more than a lifestyle choice and dietary preferences. A vegan does not eat anything comes from animal or use animal based products for clothing, or any other purpose. Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat but, in contrast to ovo-lacto vegetarians, also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances.  Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the basis that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable

Why do people become vegans?

There are a number of reasons why a person  becomes a vegan ranging from  ethical reasons involving animal rights to environmental factors, or for better health.

 One of the most compelling reasons is the health isues associated with meat-eating. Consumption of animal food is linked to an increased risk of heart disease as well as certain types of cancer. By contrast, vegetarian diets are associated with a decreased risk of obesity, circulatory and heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes, hypertension, gallstones, and alcoholism. 

Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others.

What is the difference between Veganism and Vegetarianism?

The generally accepted understanding is that a vegan will not consume any foods of animal origin, not even honey, while a vegetarian might consume eggs (ovo-vegetarian), or dairy (lacto-vegetarian).

Virtually all vegans will not use products that come from animals, such as leather, wool, down, cosmetics, or products which have been tested on animals

What do Vegans Eat?

A vegan is a person who consumes only plant foods such as vegetables, grains, legumes (beans and peas), fruits, nuts, and seeds. Vegans will not eat animal foods including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, milk, butter, and honey.

Veganism, the strictest form of vegetarianism, is part of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Practicing vegans reject the inhumane treatment and wanton slaughter of millions of animals for food or clothing. Fur, leather, wool, and down are among the products that vegans avoid , as well as, cosmetics and chemical products tested on animals.

There are many reasons why people adopt a vegan diet. One of the most compelling reasons is the health hazards associated with meat-eating. Consumption of animal food is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. By contrast, vegetarian diets are associated with a decrease risk of obesity, circulatory and heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes, hypertension, gallstones, and alcoholism. Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They know they are not perfect, but believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others.

Vegan Nutrition

The key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is variety. A healthy and varied vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes .It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein as long as calorie intake is adequate. Strict protein planning or combining is not necessary. The key is to eat a varied diet.