The Vegan explosion & 5 types of vegan’s
Before switching to a vegan diet, you must know what’s included in a Vegan diet and understand the reasons behind this switch. Being on a vegan diet obviously is not a new concept but it has been gaining incredible momentum. If you ask us, this trend is here to stay. In fact, more and more people are starting to eat plant-based and you read it everywhere, veganism is the biggest food-trend for 2018. So, as a result, there has been a 94% increase of vegan food items in stores. One of the cities which some call the Vegan capital of Europe, without hesitation is Amsterdam. Vegetarian Amsterdam or Vegan Amsterdam would be an appropriate name based on the number of people living here that are following a plant-based diet.
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What is Vegan?
Eating Vegan means that you sacrifice products obtained from animal origin. In other words, a vegans’ diet focusses on plant-based foods. Likewise, vegans avoid drinks with animal related products in them and obviously, all other animal-based products. A vegan is a person who avoids all animal-derived ingredients, including eggs and dairy products. Hence, vegans do not only avoid meat like vegetarians but they also broke from vegetarian’s society and made a vegan society. The result is a vibrant community that share the beliefs behind a plant-based diet.
Reasons for Becoming Vegan
The first reason for many is that animal welfare ethics stop them from exploiting animals. Generally, vegans feel that all creatures have right to live with freedom. What else? Vegans discourage modern farming practices as it may cause psychological and physical stress to animals. They choose to spend their money on plant-based products.
One of the other reasons people are embracing veganism is personal health. Following a vegan diet comes with plenty of health benefits. In fact, as the vegan diet is nutrient-dense, it can be very beneficial for various health issues, such as diabetes, heart diseases, cancer and many more risky diseases. Moreover, one of the most positive side-benefits for quite a few people is weight loss. And ‘’we all know’’ how challenging the weight loss process can be ;).
People may also believe that following a vegan diet is good for the environment. This is the case because animal products result in significantly more greenhouse emissions as compared to plant-based products. Animals produce methane, which is the main cause of greenhouse gases, let alone the world-destroying diet these animals have. Hence, by following a vegan diet, you might help in reducing the pollution and saving the environment from greenhouse gases. Likewise, eating green can lower your ecological footprint and you’ll be saving the planet – happy days!
Different Types of Vegans
There are different types of vegans across the globe, including dietary vegans, Junk food vegans, Whole-food vegans, raw food vegans, and low-fat raw food vegans. In order to understand these concepts better, let’s take a closer look.
Dietary vegans are people who avoid animal products only in their diets but continue to use such products in their clothes, cosmetics, and other purposes. On the other hand, Whole food vegans prefer a diet rich in whole foods, such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The junk food vegans prefer processed vegan foods, including vegan meats, fries, vegan desserts, and vegan frozen dinners. Last but not least, the raw food vegans consume foods cooked at low temperature and they eat vegetables, raw fruits, nuts, and seeds. The raw food vegans are also called fruitarians as they rely mainly on fruits and sometimes plants.
Overall, vegans do not prefer eating foods that originate from animals, such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. However, this doesn’t imply that vegans consume only raw veggies and nothing else. A vegan diet is extremely exciting an versatile and includes beans, plant-based burgers, lentils, tofu, wine, dairy-free pasta and so on! Furthermore, instead of using honey, vegans opt for plant-based sweeteners. For instance, molasses, rice syrups and agave syrup are great plant-based alternatives.
It’s important to note that shifting to a vegan diet should be done gradually. Otherwise, it might have a negative effect your health. So, if you’re considering to go on this diet, make sure to consult a vegan dietician who will guide you to the right path.
Switching to the vegan dream can be challenging, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Having the right reasons to start following this plant-based diet is crucial and can have a positive effect on your overall health.