What is Veganism?
Some people think of Veganism as a modern fad, although, that idea couldn’t be farther from the truth. Veganism has been practiced in various cultures for thousands of years and it can be dated back to the seventh or eight century before Christ.
However, the term ‘vegan’ was coined by Donald Watson in 1944. Watson was a vegetarian himself. As a child, Watson lived in a Yorkshire farm. The slaughtering of a pig on the farm horrified him; and that inevitably changed his view of farm life. Watson began to reassess his practice of eating meat. He became a vegetarian in 1924 at the age of fourteen. During the II World War, dairy cows all over Britain had been hit by tuberculosis, with over 40% affected. He knew that this would influence people to give up dairy, as they would see it as unsafe, so he created the term ‘veganism’ to separate people who would avoid both meat and dairy (and eggs) from regular vegetarians. His influence was far-reaching.
Today, 75 years later, Veganism is a well-known movement and for many all over the world, a lifestyle.
According to The Vegan Society, Veganism is described as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”.
But what does that mean in practice?
It almost goes without saying that vegans avoid animal products and by-products. This means that they do not eat meat, fish, dairy and eggs, as an example. But there are plenty of other things that vegans try to avoid.
The following list incorporates things that contain animal products:
- Meat and organ meat
- Fish and seafood
- Hidden dairy ingredients such as whey, lactose and casein
- Bee products such as honey
- Lanolin (which is the grease extracted from sheep’s wool) which is usually found in many cosmetics
- Rennet (which is the enzyme found in the stomach of lambs and calves) usually found in cheese
- Shellac (the secretion of the lac insect found in India and Thailand) usually used in nail varnish, wood finish and food glaze
- Cochineal (which is an insect) usually comes in food colourings and cosmetics
- Various food additives starting with ‘E number’ which are derived from animal ingredients
- Isinglass (which is a substance taken from fish bladders) that is used in the making of some wines and beers
- Omega 3 fatty acids that mostly come from fish (look for any plant-based alternatives instead – here at Veond app you can find the best Omega 3 that is 100% Vegan, made from algae, and from guaranteed sustainable sources)
- Vitamin D3 which comes most of the times from lanolin or fish oil (here at Veond app you can find the best vitamin complex that is 100% vegan)
While it may seem that the above is a very long list of restrictions, a well-balanced diet has been proved possible, tasty, varied and undoubtedly, one of the healthiest in the planet.
There are many benefits in following a vegan diet and just to list a few:
- Environmental benefits.
- It can also bring multiple health benefits such as weight loss, wider range of nutrients, diabetes control, optimal hearth health, protection against cancer, treatment of arthritis, etc.
At Veond app we aim to make the transition to a vegan and more sustainable lifestyle as easy as possible and we will be regularly sharing content that will help you make conscious choices every day…
Because each of us makes an environmental impact on the earth, and our lifestyle affects how significant this impact is.