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Editorial All You Need To Know About Vegans and Veganism

All You Need To Know About Vegans and Veganism

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Vegan!! Veganism!! What’s going on in this world???

Veganism is the new trending hashtag!!

#Vegan #Veganism #TheNewCool

Did you too hear it? Veganism is all around!

#Love #Pity #SaveTheInnocent 

But what exactly is Vegetarianism and Veganism?

Veganism is slightly different from vegetarianism. In simple terms, it’s abstaining from the use of animal products. Many vegetarians allow themselves to eat animal products such as dairy and even eggs (which strictly should be considered as meat as it is an animal cell). Vegans, on the other hand, do not consume any animal products at all. That means no milk, no butter or yogurt; a very restricted diet. Some vegans go even further than those that simply eliminate animal products from their diet and refrain from using any animal products at all, avoiding leather shoes, handbags, etc.

Why Veganism?

The main aim of the veganism movement was to dispel the common belief that it’s not possible to lead a healthy life without eating meat. There are varying degrees of vegetarianism and veganism, some remain moderate and some go extreme.

The first Vegetarian Society to lead the movement of veganism was formed in 1847 in England. Traditionally, vegetarianism has been linked to the people of ancient India. Even today, Indians make up more than 70 percent of the world’s vegetarian population.

They often boast about Albert Einstein as an example of why abstaining from meat is the most intelligent choice. After all, if Einstein, unarguably one of the most intelligent men in history, thought it was a good idea, it must be pretty smart, right? I seriously do not understand this- How is the intelligence of an individual linked to his/her food habits?

Here’s another example: It’s believed that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian during the latter part of his life. In fact, it’s said that he predicted that the world of the future would be vegetarian. The person who tried to eliminate the complete Jewish community by genocide and holocaust, marking a black event in the world history, was kind to animals but not to humans; such a hypocrite!

But does vegan diet fulfill our nutrient requirements?

Let’s face it!

Being vegan (or even vegetarian) doesn’t make you great; rather it is pretty weird. Why can’t we enjoy the wide range of food variety available to us, talking specifically about milk products which form a multitudinous variety of vegetarian food range?

While researching about the vegans, veganism and related stuff, I came across a statement saying that human ancestors were vegans, they depended only on plant-produce and therefore humans aren’t meant for eating animals. This absurd argument left me exasperated. Haven’t these people read or heard about early humans and their bio-cultural evolution? So doesn’t that make meat-eating a more natural choice?

Obviously, we can’t solely depend on either – be it plant-based or animal-based diet, both are to be complemented and supplemented with each other. Never mind, I am not against veganism, it’s good and appealing to few but not to all. The vegans are voicing their concern for ecological balance but going extreme is not the way you do it!

Vegans and other plant-based eaters love to cite that a vegan diet is highly nutritious and fulfills all dietary requirements. But that’s not true, we need to bust the myths – complete Green eating doesn’t actually make you healthy, planning a sustainable diet is of extreme paramountcy. A vegan diet doesn’t satisfy all your nutritional requirements until you plan it wisely. The inclusion of essential elements of a balanced diet is essential to sustain a healthy life.

So, peeps the options of vegetarianism and veganism and all different food “isms” are always open to you but make a wise choice while adopting to any of these “isms”.

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