So you might have heard this term “vegan diet” a lot recently, and there is a good reason for that. Vegan diets are becoming more and more popular as people dive in to research the health benefits from a vegan diet. The surge of vegan products in UK is also identifying that it becomes more common among people, as 1,1m already follow a vegan diet in UK.
Some people think that “vegan” is just another way to say “vegetarian”. While others tend to think that being vegan is just eating salads all day, and avoiding any other type of food, while both are wrong, vegan diet does limit you to plant based food, but let’s dive into it and get to know what real vegan diet means.
So What Really Makes A Vegan Diet ?
We all know what a vegetarian diet is, it’s a diet which excludes some animal products (meat and fish) while still consuming other animal products including milk, cheese, eggs and honey.
A vegan diet, is when a person doesn’t consume all animal products (meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs and honey). It mostly focuses on plant-based foods and beverages and the main goal is to eliminate the use and harm of living beings.
So it all seems really simple, just cut out the dairy products and meat, but at this moment, people who didn’t know about veganism, would say something along these lines “There is almost nothing you can eat when being vegan”. Well, we would prove you wrong in a few minutes.
While vegetarians still eat dairy and eggs, vegans remove any and all animal byproducts and foods that involve animals in their processing methods. Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy are taken off the plate and replaced with veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, grains and seeds.
What Can You Eat As A Vegan ?
We should note that vegan diet is about cutting out dairy and meat, not all food except salad and veggies, so finding vegan treats that you would enjoy is really easy, especially nowadays when veganism is getting more popular every single day.
Below you will find a generalized list of vegan foods:
Veggies – definitely the one you can’t go without on a vegan diet.
Fruits – unlimited natural sweets without being worried about diabetes.
Grains – a huge variety available here, from your everyday products like pasta, rice and bread to something that you might even not heard of, quinoa, freekeh and couscous.
Legumes – these would be your primary protein sources.
Plant oils and fats – avocado, coconut oil, hemp seed oil and many more, and these are very yummy.
Tofu – a whole load of recipes are available on how to cook tofu, some claim that you can even make it taste like chicken.
Any vegan vitamins – there are many vegan vitamins available on the shells today, so if you are worried about your daily vitamin and mineral intake, there is a solution for that.
Vegan Diet vs Vegan Person ?
Now this is an interesting one, and it all depends as of why people choose a vegan diet and how far do they take it.
While being vegan is just excluding animal products. Having a vegan lifestyle would limit you in use of animal products even more:
Fashion – if you are trying to adopt the full vegan lifestyle, say bye to all fur and leather clothes. While this might seem to be really challenging, but you probably already have a lot of things that are made out of synthetic materials.
Cosmetics and house hold items – this one is more about not buying products that are being tested out on animals, which many of them are. There are many buyer guides where you can check whether company is selling compassionate products.
Entertainment – not attending events that use animals as entertainment, these would include: zoo, circus or even horse riding.
Right look, so you have just absorbed a lot of information, and practically, implementing the vegan lifestyle all at once is impossible for most of us, there is no right or wrong answer to being vegan or having a vegan diet, as both would definitely benefit you, animals and our planet.