Welcome to the VeganERA OT, a thread for vegans and sympathisers. Whether it’s to help build a balanced diet, share recipes, discuss Vegan friendly places - This is the place!
Q. So wait, what is Veganism?
A. Veganism is a practice and philosophy that mainly advocates abstaining from animal products. Practically, this usually means a no eggs, no milk, no meat, poultry or seafood diet. This usually includes no honey, no gelatin, nor many other components that comes from animal sources. Veganism is usually not restricted to diet - Be it abstaining from leather, silk, animal-tested products etc.
Q. Do you even have anything left to eat??
A. No one just east meat and cheese all day - Most of what anyone eats is vegan anyway. Between vegetables, fruits, grains, fungi, nuts and much much more we have plenty left to eat.
Q. That can’t be healthy
A. Veganism is considered healthy for all ages and all stages of life (including pregnancy, lactation, while sick etc.) As with all diets - It needs to be balanced in order to provide all that your body needs. B12 is the biggest risk - as it is produced by bacteria not found in plants, and it is usually recommended for vegans (and vegetarians) to take supplements or B12 reinforced food.
Q. but PROTEIN
A. Actually, there’s protein a-plenty in plant food; nut butters, qinoa, soy and many more are great sources of protein.
Q. Alright I guess… But, still, WHY??
A. There are several reasons why one might choose a Vegan lifestyle or diet:
- Ethical reasons. The animal product industry is exploitative and cruel to animals by nature. Even if one is fine with the idea of eating the meat of other sentient animals, the industrialization of the meat and animal product industries made many animals little more than commodity, and are treated as such as corporations try and maximize profits.
- Environmental reasons. Livestock farming is environmentally unsustainable. Livestock produce accounts for large parts of air pollution in the world, more than all transportation vehicles combined.
- Health reasons. Some people go vegan to cut on fat, cholesterol and blood pressure.
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