Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude the use of all forms of animal products for food, clothing or any other purpose. A vegan diet contains only plant-based foods, avoiding all foods that come from animals. Aside from meat, vegans also avoid the consumption of dairy products and eggs.
There are lots of reasons why some people opt for a vegan diet. The main reason is the prevention of animal cruelty and exploitation. Vegans tend to believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and that animal farming is wrong. Others go vegan for health reasons or to reduce their impact on the environment.
Going vegan won’t automatically make you healthier. As with any diet, minimising the consumption of highly processed vegan foods is beneficial, whilst focusing on the consumption of whole foods. If well-balanced and planned, going plant-based can be an extremely healthy dietary decision. As the nature of the diet tends to increase consumption of nutrient-rich foods and limit the intake of highly saturated foods, there is evidence that following a highly nutritious vegan diet can reduce the risk of chronic illness.
Many people assume that a diet without meat equals a diet that lacks protein. This isn’t the case. ALL plants contain protein, and fun fact, broccoli actually contains more protein per calorie than steak, and spinach contains equal protein per calorie to both chicken and fish! Vegans eating a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds will rarely have to worry about meeting their protein goals.
Yes – it is delicious! There are so many great plant-based alternatives now widely available in supermarkets, from plant-based ‘meats’ to vegan cheese and dairy-free spreads, you won’t have to go without your favourite meals. Vegan cooking will give you the chance to try out new and exciting recipes, plus, at Healthy Nibbles, we have you covered on the snack front with our range of delicious Vegan Boxes.