Veganism in a Nutshell
Published by plantsarepower on June 2, 2020
Veganism is so much more than just a diet. It’s the act of choosing a way of life that is compassionate- to animals, the environment, and one’s health. Plants are Power is here to explain to you what veganism is all about. If you have any questions about a plant-based diet, feel free to check out our FAQs!
WHY CHOOSE A PLANT-BASED DIET?
It is becoming increasingly clear that the consumption of animals is a major contributor to numerous global problems. A plant-based diet provides a single solution to all such issues. Therefore, a shift to a diet and lifestyle free of animal products is rapidly gaining momentum. It saves many animals from a life of suffering, reduces one’s ecological footprint, and contributes to a fairer world. Also, plant-based consumption offers a healthier, more varied diet. A plant-based diet is a compassionate choice ‘For your Body’ and ‘For Everybody’. Get access to more information about this by having a look at our insightful articles and videos.
WHAT CAN YOU EAT WHEN YOU GO PLANT-BASED?
A diet free from animal products is extremely versatile. It opens up a world of new and exciting culinary possibilities. Animal products can easily be replaced with:
- Vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, cabbage, beetroot, pumpkin, garlic, olives, broccoli, apples, bananas, melons and oranges. These kinds of foods are an important source of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
- Pulses such as lentils, peas, beans and soya beans are a vital source of protein.
- Whole grains and cereals such as oats, rye, wheat, barley, and rice; pseudocereals such as quinoa provide complex carbohydrates, fibre, and phytochemicals.
- Nuts and seeds such as flax seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds contain healthy fats and other valuable nutrients.
WHAT TO AVOID?
Vegans avoid consuming animal flesh, animal byproducts or foods containing any ingredient of animal origin. These include:
- Meat and poultry that come from animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys
- Fish and other marine animals, including all fish species
- Dairies, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, and butter
- Honey and other bee products
- Animal-based ingredients, such as gelatine, lactose, whey, shellac, carmine, and fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids.
A BALANCED WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED DIET IS HEALTHIER THAN YOU THINK
High consumption of animal products is one of the leading causes of widespread lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. A varied and balanced plant-based diet can help minimize the risk of developing such diseases. A plant-based diet also reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses like salmonella and other bacterial infections, as well as exposure to environmental toxins. Want to know more about the numerous health benefits of going plant-based? Check out our health-related articles!
CHOOSING VEGANISM IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO DIET
For many, veganism is not just about their diet but applies to all aspects of their lives. A vegan lifestyle includes, for example, avoiding clothes that contain animal products such as leather, wool, or fur, and cosmetics that contain animal products such as honey or lanolin or which have been tested on animals. Fortunately, the range of vegan clothing and cruelty-free cosmetics is also growing and becoming increasingly available. Vegans also strive to avoid all other forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, including visiting zoos or circuses for entertainment.
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