With more than 1% of the adult population in the UK now identifying as vegan, the plant-based lifestyle has hit a peak in popularity. Established in 1994, the 1st of November every year worldwide is a time to celebrate the benefits of veganism for humans, animals and the environment.
To celebrate World Vegan Day we are answering some of the most asked questions related to the diet!
What do vegans eat?
Vegans do not consume any animal related products such as meat, dairy, honey, eggs, gelatine and any products including traces of them. The diet is completely plant based, relying on vegetables, nuts, fruit, grains, beans and seeds.
Why do people choose to become vegan?
There are many reasons people choose to follow a vegan diet, but the two most common reasons are to prevent suffering of animals and protect the environment. Evidence suggests that veganism is the most sustainable diet in the world, using only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet.
What is the most vegan friendly country in the world?
Taiwan! With most of the country following a mainly vegetarian diet and a lack of dairy and eggs used in recipes, Taiwan's food is by default vegan. And totally delicious!
What are some of the pros of being vegan?
Plant based diets rely on vegetables and grains mainly, meaning a healthy vegan diet is full of Vitamins A, B, C & E, nutrients and minerals, all whilst being low in cholesterol and saturated fats. A vegan diet is proven to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, strokes and some cancers.
What are some of the cons of being vegan?
Although a plant based diet is sure to fill you with plenty of vitamins, a lack of meat can lead to iron deficiency, making adults and little foodies overly tired. Another problem with the diet is incorporating enough protein with every meal, as meat is the highest natural source.
Wondering how your little foodie would like plant based food? Have a look at our menu and get your hands on our vegan products.