What is Vegan is all About?
Veganism is a stricter version of vegetarianism. It is a phenomenon that is catching up fast especially amongst the more health conscious people. It concentrates more upon minimizing or totally eliminating the use of any sort of animal product, be it in food or clothing or anything else.
So being vegan means bidding good bye to things like butter, milk, cheese, meat, honey, eggs and chocolates and replacing them with things like soy milk, sorbet, lentils and tofu as far as the menu charts are concerned. It also signifies the end of apparels made of silk, and being replaced by traditional cotton or rayon.
Reasons for Veganism
The reasons for doing so might vary from being purely ethical to the mere concern about health – or both!
Many of those suffering from lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, etc have reported positive effects and it is routinely being referred to Veganism for the diabetes reversal programs. It has also been reported to have a positive effect amongst those who want to attain weight loss.
Two of the most common animal products that we consume are milk (and variations such as cheese, butter, clarified fat, etc), meat products and poultry products that include eggs. The other commonly used item is fish. These have to be replaced with soy milk, tofu, lentils, soy nuggets, Broccoli, Mushrooms, etc.
As far as other animal products are concerned they are generally related to items of apparel (silk) or fashion accessories (leather jackets, pashmina shawls and the like). They can be easily replaced with substitutes.
To be or not to be a Vegan ?
There are arguments and counter arguments for following this way of Vegan life, but finally it is a matter of personal choice and concerns about lifestyle, health and prevention of cruelty to animals that leads us to take such a decision. Veganism is certainly not a big price to pay if it can deliver better health that it promises.