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What Veganism Is All About

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Veganism is becoming more and more popular as the years go by. 5-Minute Crafts will explain what veganism is and why people go vegan.

Veganism is a philosophy.

Veganism is a philosophy and a way of living that intends to exclude — as much as possible — all forms of cruelty to animals. It was created in 1944 by a small group of vegetarians who broke away from the Leicester Vegetarian Society and formed the Vegan Society.

At the heart of veganism is respect for animals and a lot of vegans’ life decisions have something to do with that core belief.

Vegan diet

To avoid animal cruelty, vegans follow a specific diet that excludes all animal-based products.

These are the types of food vegans eat:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Legumes like peas, beans, and lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Breads, rice, and pasta
  • Dairy alternatives like soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk
  • Vegetable oils

Vegans don’t eat:

  • Beef, pork, lamb, and other red meat
  • Chicken and other poultry
  • Fish or shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Cheese and butter
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Honey

Some people believe that vegans only eat salads and seeds, but that’s not the case, they also get to enjoy junk food, as long as it’s made out of plant-based products. You can create a lot of things with just plants.

Ethical veganism

Veganism can be an ethical choice. Vegans not only won’t eat animals, but they also don’t wear their fur or buy products that were tested on animals. Vegans don’t practice any kind of hunting or fishing and don’t go to animal shows.

Vegans and the environment

Vegans understand that factory farming brings pollution and destruction. So, by not eating or exploiting animals, vegans are trying to help the environment.

Veganism and health

Some people choose veganism for personal health reasons. Veganism may reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Vegan diets can also lower body weight and body mass index.

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