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Vegan: what is it?

Posted by Ben Burstein

What is being a Vegan? Quite simply put, it is the non-consumption of any animals or animal products and the belief of not bringing any harm toward animals. Staples of everyday cuisine are off the table for those who follow a Vegan diet. Meat is of course the obvious omission in a vegan diet, but […]

What is being a Vegan?

Quite simply put, it is the non-consumption of any animals or animal products and the belief of not bringing any harm toward animals. Staples of everyday cuisine are off the table for those who follow a Vegan diet. Meat is of course the obvious omission in a vegan diet, but some lesser-known animal by-products like gelatin.

Veganism doesn’t mean a strict food diet. Items that come from animals such as furs, wool, silk, cosmetics and even some soaps are all excluded from a vegan lifestyle. The reasons for being a vegan can also vary. Some choose it for health and environmental benefits. Some choose it for ethical reasons, such as the treatment of animals in meat production.

What are the benefits?

Some of the main health benefits associated with a vegan diet are weight loss and higher consumption of nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, C and E. Other benefits include increased kidney function, lower blood sugar levels and can even prevent certain types of cancer.

Other reasons for veganism aside from health benefits are environmental and moral reasoning. Some choose the lifestyle out of compassion for animals. Some say reducing the consumption of animals and animal by-products can have environmental benefits. A study has shown that animals raised for consumption are fed over health of the words crops. As more people trend toward a vegan lifestyle, arguments are made that the need for meat for consumption or use is on the decline.

What is the diet like?

A typical vegan diet consists of a lot of nuts, seeds, legumes as well as a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many think being a vegan means limited options, but almost anything can be turned into a vegan version! While vegan food has come with some misconceptions, leaving out meat doesn’t mean leaving out flavor. Tofu, tempeh and jackfruit are common vegan replacements for meat. Some of those foods get a reputation of being less than desirable, but flavor comes with the preparation. With the right cooking method, and the right spices (like your favorite vegan spices from Savvy and Well!) anything can be delicious!

What are some of your favorite vegan dishes? If you are looking for some inspiration take a look at some of the option in the eCookbook!


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