With the rapid increase of people adapting to healthier lifestyle choice such asveganism, the food that they consume, totally devoid of animal products hasbecome the keen interest of a lot of conventional eaters due to the publicity it getsfrom celebrities, doctors and overall health food advocates.Vegan food is hyped up as healthy as the not so wholesome elements ofconventional diets and the heavily processed, instant food they are usuallyconnected to be vastly diminished. Heavy consumption of meat, processed andfast foods has been linked to countless health issues from heart disease, diabetes,elevated cholesterol levels to even the dreaded cancer.
Veganism, a lifestyle practice or choice removes any and all forms of animalproducts not limited to beef, pork, chicken and fish. Motivations vary from healthconcerns to ethical issues like animal cruelty. This is differentiated from vegetarianismwhich allows for the consumption of eggs and dairy products such as milk, cream,cheese and yoghurt. Veganism is sometimes called “strict vegetarianism. Verystaunch vegans do not use non-food products that are derived from animals such asleather and makeup and hair brushes made of animals. It is not surprising to findvegans in organizations such as P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)and anti-fur activist groups.With proper care taken balancing food groups and selection of ingredients, aexclusively plant-based diet can provide all the necessary nutrients needed for ahealthy body. Found in a sustainable vegan menu are protein from beans and otherlegumes, calcium from dark leafy greens, vitamins and minerals and enzymes fromthe countless fruits and vegetables in nature’s bounty. The fats found in plant-basedfood such as nuts and oils are generally unsaturated and elevate good cholesterollevels in the body as opposed to weight gain-inducing, artery-clogging bad fat andcholesterol.All vegan recipes are vegetarian of course, but not all vegetarian recipes arevegan. Whether from recipes found online or from cookbooks, a simple read of theingredients determines whether the dish is free from animal. Watch out for eggs,milk, whey, cream, butter and convert the dish to vegan by replacing them withvegan-friendly substitutes. Nuts and can be ground up, soaked and squeezed,dehydrated and transformed into wonderful dairy-like delights. Seasoned with herbsand spices, it can even pass for cheese.