Basically, a person who does not eat or use animal products, is considered vegan. A vegan diet contains no animal products. There are many vegan products in the marketplace for vegan lifestyle and vegan food options. Here Lucy Rahim, Telegraph.com, reflects on veganism and reasons to consider it:
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“You might have noticed that veganism has been in the news recently.
As the fallout from (former) Waitrose Food magazine editor William Sitwell's vegan comments continues apace, today marks World Vegan Day, and the start of World Vegan Month.
Veganism isn't about to slip from the agenda, either. As a new poll reveals that one third of Britons are trying to reduce their meat intake, we're only two weeks away from the annual month of Veganuary, in which people eliminate all meat, fish, dairy and eggs from your diet.
The initiative, launched in 2014, seeks to encourage people to try a vegan diet, stating that “Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.”
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Despite the stereotypical litany of vegan-myths (think: under-nourished, long-haired, hippie lentil-lovers), veganism is steadily becoming one of the most popular diets around the world. Propagated by the clean eating brigade, it has a lengthy list of celebrity backers: Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres, Natalie Portman and Samuel L. Jackson. And then there's the ever-growing list of vegan athletes, including Serena Williams, Mike Tyson and former Mr Universe Barnabas du Plessis (a past PETA spokesperson), which should put paid to anyone with the phrase “but what about protein?” on their lips.
Intrigued? Here are six scientifically tested reasons to give veganism a go…
#1. It can help you lose weight
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Heads up: diet season is on the horizon! If the four weeks of endless boozing, chocolate-nibbling and mince pie-scoffing that essentially makes up December traditionally leaves your belt a little tight, a vegan diet may be just the ticket to help you shed the extra pounds (as long as you move a bit as well). A 2015 study showed that those following a vegan diet lost comparatively more weight than those following omnivorous and vegetarian ones. Good news for anyone still in a cheese-induced coma.
#2. It's good for the environment
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Agriculture is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions (more than all transport), potentially increasing to 50pc by 2050. Rearing livestock for animal-based products requires far more land, water and energy than producing grain; 27kg CO2 is generated per kilo beef in comparison to 0.9kg per kilo of lentils. According to a 2016 Oxford study, the adoption of a vegan diet globally would cut food-related emissions by 70pc. That's got to be a good reason to put down the ham sandwich.
#3. It might make you live longer (if you do it for more than a month)
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While veganism isn't necessarily a one-way ticket to a zen-like, eternal youth, numerous scientific studies have been taken to measure the impact of a plant-based diet in reducing the risk of major diseases, including diabetes and heart disease with positive results. A vegan diet also eases the symptoms of arthritis-sufferers and can help to prevent obesity, which affects 1 in 6 Britons and is a leading cause of death.
A 2016 study from Oxford argues that the mass-adoption of a vegan diet could cut 8.1 million deaths a year. Becoming vegan for 31 days is not going to have the same effect, but it's worth bearing in mind.”
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