At some point, you’ve probably heard of veganism. Maybe you heard it mentioned in a TV show or one of your friends, coworkers, or acquaintances practices veganism. First, you need to understand that veganism is not vegetarianism, nor is it solely just a vegan diet. Veganism is more than just a way to eat; it’s a way of life. Are you with us so far? Let’s dive a little deeper.
What’s the difference between vegetarianism and veganism?
Vegetarianism is a diet, and not necessarily a way of life. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry, but they’ll still consume animal by-products. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use or consume other animal products including eggs, dairy, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, or animal-tested products.
At its heart, veganism is a way of living, which seeks to exclude, as much as possible, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals. A vegan’s lifestyle goes beyond food to consider clothes and products that could cause harm to animals.
What’s the difference between a vegan diet and veganism?
Veganism is a way of life that excludes all animal and animal-derived products. A vegan diet is simply a way of eating. People who consume a vegan diet might simply be eating vegan for health, allergies, or personal taste preference. Those who only eat a vegan diet might not exclude animal products from their clothing or beauty products.
Many people choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. They choose the lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. Most vegans believe they have a responsibility to do their best for the world without being judgmental of others’ choices.
What do vegans eat?
Contrary to popular belief, vegans don’t just eat salad or pick on fruits and nuts all day long. There’s actually a wide range of food available. Vegans can enjoy Italian pasta, Chinese stir-fries, Indian curries, Tex-Mex burritos, and even meatloaf and burgers made of vegetable protein or beans. There are also many vegan options available when it comes to ice cream, milk, cheese, sausage, and even “chicken” nuggets.
How can I become a Vegan?
You can become a vegan gradually or you can do it all at once. The key to practicing veganism is to cut out all animal products and by-products from your life. This means not wearing wool or leather, choosing to use some 16,000 products and services registered with the Vegan Trademark, and eating a vegan diet. If you’re interested, try the 30-Day Vegan Pledge.
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