There are a rising number of folks every year adopting ‘veganism.’ This has perhaps made you curious as to what exactly veganism is (I.e., its definition) and what it involves. This article will answer the following questions: What is veganism? What is a vegan? What is the vegan lifestyle? What is the definition of ‘veganism’ and ‘vegan?’ Why adopt veganism? And what do vegans eat?
What is veganism? Veganism is a way of life for many. It is a lifestyle or dietary choice where a person abstains completely from all animal-based products including meat, fish, eggs, cheese, milk, butter, cream and honey.
Note: Some persons who adopt veganism will also go beyond dietary borders and will ensure that their entire way of life is in harmony with treating animals with kindness and respect, such as abstaining from purchasing leather or fur garments and bags, and not purchasing any products such as make-up, kitchenware or furniture where animals have been used to make or test these products in any way.
Other Related Terminology:
The vegan diet – same meaning as veganism, but signifies ones dietary choice only (I.e., does not signify additional beliefs such as not purchasing animal clothing).
The vegan lifestyle - same meaning as veganism.
Vegan – Definition: A vegan is a person who adopts veganism, or an animal-free diet/lifestyle.
Why adopt veganism: Persons adopt a vegan lifestyle for a number of reasons, usually for one of the reasons listed below.
· Its well-reported health benefits. This includes weight loss, healthy skin (eliminates acne, psoriasis etc.), elimination of allergies, increases longevity, increases energy, strengthens nails, healthier hair, reduces saturated fats, prevents heart attack and stroke, treats or reverses some cancers (particularly prostate), alleviates arthritis as well as a long list of other renowned health benefits attributed to this lifestyle.
· To avoid animal-based food-borne disease. Abstaining from meat and dairy guards’ against E. coli, salmonella and mad cow disease. It also prevents dangerous hormones and antibiotics entering our bodies that are fed to animals. (Note: Certain hormones fed to animals has been identified to cause tumours in humans).
· For animal rights. Many people adopt this lifestyle for animal rights. Every year animals are cruelly slaughtered, caged, fed, injected and treated for meat or dairy.
· For the environment. Many people abstain from animal-based products to help save the environment.
Food Consumed: A person who adopts veganism will eat a diet high in natural foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, berries and dried fruit, sprouts and herbs, fresh juices and smoothies, whole-grains, legumes and beans, vegan cacao (chocolate) and dairy-free treats such as cakes, muffins and slices.