A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products. Vegans avoid eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and honey. Some vegans also avoid wearing leather, wool and other animal-based materials.
There are many reasons why people adopt a vegan lifestyle. Some do it for health reasons, while others believe that it is the most ethical way to live. Many vegans choose to live this way because they believe that consuming animal products contributes to environmental degradation and climate change.
Most vegans choose to eat whole foods that are plant-based. This means that they eat mostly fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. There are many delicious and healthy vegan recipes available online and in cookbooks.
transitioning to a vegan lifestyle can seem daunting, but it is worth it for the health of both humans and animals. There are many resources available to help you get started, so don’t be afraid to give it a try!
Vegan is on the rise
Results of a 2012 Gallup poll show that 2% (1 in 50) of Americans consider themselves vegetarian.
According to the website, Vegan Action, there are more than half a million vegetarians and vegans living in the United States today. There is also data collected by One Green Planet which puts the number at around 3.7 million vegetarians and vegans living in America as of 2014.
The majority of vegetarians and vegans reside on the east coast, with states like Washington D.C., New Jersey, and New York making up a significant population of people who do not eat meat or animal products. It is said that approximately 1percent or less of individuals residing in western such as Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota are vegan.
The number of people who identify as a vegan is on the rise, with more and more people becoming aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet. This is largely due to the fact that veganism is no longer seen as a fringe lifestyle choice, but rather as a viable and healthy way to live.
Being Vegan is easy or not?
It can seem difficult to be vegan, but it’s actually very easy. Let me explain. Let’s say that you get pho for lunch at your favourite restaurant and they accidentally mix up the order so you get a bowl of beef broth instead of the vegetable broth. You don’t want to make a fuss or embarrass them in front of everyone, so you eat it anyway. That was an accident though, right? Now if someone is purposefully feeding you meat when you didn’t ask for it or giving you milk on top of your vegan order (yes this really happened to me), then that is not ok! This may seem like common sense, but far too often I see vegans getting harassed about their choice on social media by omnivores. Vegans are in the right when they stand up for their beliefs, so next time you see a vegan being harassed online, say something! Not only does this harassment often come from strangers on social media, but sometimes it can come from people you thought were close to you.