Vegan Diet FAQ (Frequantly Asked Questions)
Vegan Diet FAQ is our attempt to provide answers to some of the most common questions asked about vegan diet. This will put to rest your own queries as well as help you respond to most questions from your meat-eating friends.
The Vegan Diet is not necessarily a diet, but rather, a lifestyle. Making a decision to be a Vegan is one that creates awareness and promotes responsibility. While diets come in a variety of packages, at their core, they are all a method for increasing awareness about one’s food intake, which will in turn, contribute also to weight loss.
Who is a Vegan?
A vegan is someone who does not eat meat, fish, poultry or any animal by-product such as gelatin, casein or rennet. Vegans consume only plant based foods like grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, without eggs, milk and other dairy products.
Isn't it hard being a vegan?
Not at all. Vegan food is widely available in shops and restaurants, it's easy to cook and you're probably already eating many vegan meals such as beans on toast or baked potato without even putting your mind to it. It's no sacrifice to give up meat when there are so many delicious recipes and so many tasty foods to experiment with. Plus you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're eating a healthy diet that doesn't involve the killing of animals or the abuse of the world's resources.
Where will I buy all this new food for my vegan diet?
Exactly the same place you used to buy food - in markets, supermarkets, corner shops. Vegan food, both in its 'raw state' as grains, pulses and vegetables, and as pre-cooked meals, is widely available nowadays.
What do I say to my family/friends?
Don't get caught up in arguments, just gather all the information about vegan life-style so you can calmly explain your decision. Then try introducing them to some of the delicious meat-free meals you're enjoying and see if you can win them over by setting a good example.
Is there such thing as semi-vegan?
Veganism is an animal free diet and a life-style of compassion. But realistically speaking, few people can go from being a meat eater to a vegan overnight. Being a vegetarian is a very important halfway house. And even if you never go on to being vegan, you've already made an impact and saved the lives of many animals simply by giving up meat. You will be making an effort to change the way you live for the better. How far you go with veganism is up to you, but however small the step you take, it's not wasted. And don't feel that you have to become a perfect vegan overnight. If you forget to check the ingredients list and realize that you've just eaten something containing gelatin, don't feel that you've failed. Take it one step at a time and enjoy learning more about the vegan lifestyle. The important thing is that you're doing something!
Aren't all vegans pale and unhealthy?
This old stereotype has taken a long time to die out. In fact, people who follow a varied, well-balanced vegan diet are in line with the current nutritional recommendations for a low fat, high fiber diet. That's why medical studies are proving that vegans are less likely to suffer from such illnesses as heart disease, cancer, diet-related diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. So, if for no other reason, go vegan as a favor to your body!
What happens if I have to try to get a vegan meal in a restaurant?
There are very few restaurants now that don't offer at least one vegan option. Veganism is such a growing movement, restaurateurs can't afford to ignore it. In the unlikely event that a restaurant doesn't have anything for you, don't be put fobbed off, especially with the offer of a dish which are 'practically vegan! Simply ask politely if they can make something specially for you. if they can't be bothered, why give them the benefit of your business when there are plenty of other places all too willing to help.
Isn't vegan food boring?
Vegans don't eke out a miserable existence on a few limp lettuce leaves and some boiled rice. And a proper vegan meal doesn't mean taking the meat away and leaving the side vegetables. With the hundreds of different vegetables, grains, fruit, legumes and nuts and seeds that exist, you could live to be 100 without exhausting all the possibilities for imaginative, nutritious meals! And as vegan food tends to be cheaper than a meat-based diet, you can afford to treat yourself to more expensive delicacies such as asparagus. See the Vegan Recipes section for ideas.
Won't it take a long time to prepare the food?
Just because there are so many wonderful vegan dishes to try, doesn't mean you have to become an expert cook and spend hours in the kitchen. You can easily cook good, wholesome vegan meals in under half an hour, and don't forget that most manufacturers now also offer a wide range of ready-made vegan dishes. See Books and for some quick and easy recipes - Meat-free made easy
How will I get enough of the vital nutrients such as iron and protein?
A well-balanced vegan diet provides all the nutrients you need for good health. In the case of protein, it's not only found in meat. It's also present in adequate quantities in beans, lentils and nuts, as well as soy beans, tofu in whole grains. In fact it would be very difficult to design a vegan diet that doesn't include enough protein.
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