What is a vegan diet?
A vegan diet is 100% plant-based. Like lacto-vegetarians, vegans do not eat animal flesh or fish, but they also avoid all other animal products, including dairy products, honey and eggs.
The prevailing principle behind veganism is to oppose all unnecessary violence. Since it is now indisputable that, to varying degrees, animals share most of the emotions that were once considered unique to people, vegans seek compassionate alternatives to the products of animal exploitation in all areas of their life. It is not about valuing animals more highly than humans or replacing compassion for people with compassion for others, but rather about extending the protection from cruelty granted to people (at least in theory) to embrace other animals. It is about trying to live – as far as it is possible – without causing harm to other creatures.
As the number of vegans has increased, it has become increasingly easy to live healthily without using the products of non-human animals, particularly for food, clothing, entertainment, household products or cosmetics.
There are also health and environmental advantages to a vegan diet.
What do vegans eat?
Pretty much the same as everyone else! For those who like cooking from fresh ingredients, there are delicious recipes available, embracing dietary traditions from around the world. Cakes and puddings can be made easily without eggs and dairy.
If you prefer convenience foods, simply replace animal products with the many vegan alternatives that are widely available in wholefood stores, high street shops and supermarkets. These include vegan sausages, burgers, mince, bacon, ham/chicken/turkey sandwich slices and fishless fingers, as well as vegan cheeses, milk, custard, ice-creams, yoghurts, cream, margarines and mayonnaise.
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Reasons to Go Vegan