The practice of veganism is becoming popular nowadays, especially among environmentally conscious people. Many internationally renowned celebrities are adapting to a vegan diet. Because of this, there is a general misconception that veganism is only limited to food, but that is not the case. At times it is used interchangeably with vegetarianism which adds to the confusion. This article aims at giving a better understanding of veganism, read on.
What Is Veganism?
The term vegan was coined by a group of vegetarians in 1944 who left the Leicester Vegetarian Society in England. They refrained from consuming eggs, dairy, and other animal products and by-products which many vegetarians consume. Being a ‘vegan’ means following a lifestyle that excludes the consumption and use of all types of animal products. This includes food, clothing, accessories like wallets, belts, and bags, etc.
Why Do People Convert To Veganism?
There are multiple reasons for people converting to veganism, and they are listed below.
Ethics: Many people convert because of their ethics. They are against animal cruelty and are called ethical vegans. They refuse the consumption and use of all types of animal products and consumer goods produced by exploiting animals.
Health: People also choose a vegan diet for the many health benefits that come along with it; and there are scientific proofs to it. For example, plant-based food reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, cancer, neurodegenerative condition like Alzheimer’s diseases, and diabetes. Also, it results in lower body weight and helps prevent obesity.
Environment: People convert, to reduce environmental impact due to animal husbandry. Such people consume plant-based food and use vegan consumer goods. They use fewer consumer goods like clothes and promote recycling to reduce their carbon footprint.
What Are The Different Types Of Veganism?
Dietary Vegans: This term is often interchangeably used with plant-based eaters because they avoid consuming all types of animal products and by-products.
Whole Food Vegans: People who follow this type of vegan diet consume whole foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and seeds.
Junk Food Vegans: These people consume processed vegan foods like fries, desserts, cookies, and non-dairy ice creams, etc.
Raw Food Vegans: People who follow this vegan diet eat only raw food or those cooked below 118oF.
Low Fat, Raw Food Vegans: This category of vegans is also known as fruitarians and mainly eat fruits low in high-fat content.
It is obvious by now that veganism is not the same as vegetarianism or eating a plant-based diet but more of an ideological pursuit.