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Questions tagged [veganism]

In addition to being vegetarian (do not eat meat, poultry, or fish), vegans do not consume or use any animal products (such as eggs, milk, leather, honey, etc.)

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Why do vegan doctors recommend B12 every day/week?

For example, Dr. Michael Greger (of NutritionFacts) recommends: For adults under age 65, the easiest way to get B12 is to take at least one 2,500 mcg supplement each week or a daily dose of 250 mcg....
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Is fat necessary?

From searching around the only types of fat I found to be needed for good health are omega 3 and 6 and everyone suggests limiting omega 6 intake as much as possible because it reduces omega 3. Does ...
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Readers delight,does it need any tweaks?

I'm writing a recipe called Readers Delight! which I have shared on Genius Kitchen (previously Food.com). My goal is for the recipe to have one ingredient for every letter in the alphabet. This is the ...
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In order to prevent thrombosis, what supplements should vegans take?

In order to avoid thrombosis and for good heart health, what supplements should vegans take? Would taking white egg or yolk or milk cure thrombosis disease?
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Make a vegan classic poutine

I am a huge fan of poutine. Since poutine isn't very vegan, but I love it, it stops me from being a vegan. So, to fix that, is there an easy vegan-friendly poutine recipe? I would try searching from ...
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What vegan food or drink helps to cool off after spicy food?

When people eat something that's too spicy and they want to relieve the heat, one thing that's common to drink is full-fat milk or cream. What would be a good dairy-free, vegan alternative food or ...
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Is it possible to build muscle on a vegan diet with only two or three meals a day

Perhaps a question generic to body-building, but I'm hoping that there are vegan specific answers, given that many have cited differences. I know I can get all the required nutrients on a plant-based ...
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Where do Vegans get their Omega-3's? [not ALA]

I'm talking specifically EPA and DHA, neither of which are found in any food source except marine biota. Microalgae is the only vegan source I know of but its almost nonexistent in most vegan ...
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Vegan cheesecake?

Can a cheesecake be vegan? This is mostly curiousness on my part though if a cheesecake can be made commercially sugar-free why can’t it be made vegan commercially?
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What can replace milk, for vegan pancakes without eggs?

Please see the question in the title. My goal is to make vegan pancakes without: eggs, milk, any milk alternative that uses Natural Flavours, like soy or coconut milk. I live in Ontario, Canada and ...
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Food ingredients (in the EU) where it’s uncertain whether they are vegan or not

In the European Union, what are the ingredients (as listed on the labels of packaged food products) where it’s uncertain whether they are vegan or non-vegan? So I’m not asking about ingredients that ...
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Is there a vegan Durian pie recipe?

I have been able to find quite a few Durian pie recipes, but they all seem to contain some animal products such as cream. I was wondering if there is a vegan Durian pie recipe somewhere out there ...
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Does the national health insurance in Germany cover the costs of more expensive medicine if the cheapest variant is non-vegan?

In the general case, pharmacies in Germany are required to give out the cheapest prescription-only medicine. Doctors may overrule this (e.g., by marking the aut idem field). If the cheapest medicine ...
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What vegan or animal rights events have spread internationally?

In the past few years the environmentalism movement has seen large events like New York’s “People’s Climate March” turn into international events where many cities rallied around the same message. ...
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Does Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen checklist guarantee nutritional sufficiency?

As we know, it's possible to eat a very unhealthy diet that is still technically vegan. For example, eating nothing but spoonfuls of peanut butter would be technically vegan but you would develop ...
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What vegan food could substitute for chunks of beef in stew?

I made a pretty good vegan Moroccan stew recently, and it reminded me a lot of the stews I had in my childhood. But the stews I had in my childhood had large chunks of beef that were very chewy, and I ...
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Which vegetal foods grown in Canada are good sources of fat?

I'm trying to buy more locally-grown foods and rely less on imports, but when it comes to sources of plant-based fat that seems to be a bit of a challenge in Canada. Relying on imports can be ...
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How quickly could veganism realistically grow?

How quickly could veganism realistically grow if changing attitudes wasn't the limiting factor? We've already heard that the world can't go vegan overnight, but if not overnight then how long? I'm ...
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Which menu items at a sushi restaurant are probably not vegan?

Sushi restaurants tend to have fairly standard menu (at least where I live in Canada). Aside from fish which is clearly not vegan, which other items on the menu are probably not vegan? I already ...
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Are insects a better source of any nutrients than plant-based foods?

One producer of insect foods makes some pretty bold claims about nutrition from cricket flour. 65% protein by volume, complete with all 9 amino acids A good ratio of omega 6:3 fats High in fibre High ...
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Did Gordon Ramsay actually go vegan?

Last month celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay posted on Twitter that he is going to "give this #vegan thing a try". Is Gordon Ramsay actually going vegan? This would be a huge reversal from his earlier ...
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Are foods with zero cholesterol always vegan?

I've developed this quick trick after reading a lot of food labels. If the nutrition label says it contains any cholesterol, it's definitely not vegan. This is based on the idea that cholesterol ...
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Should vegans include copper when taking zinc supplements?

Some sources suggest that when taking zinc supplements, it's a good idea to take copper at the same time in a ratio of 2 mg copper for every 15 mg zinc in order to maintain mineral balance. This is ...
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Do any vegan foods provide vitamin D₃?

Are there any non-animal whole foods that provide vitamin D₃? I know that vitamin D₃ can be obtained through supplements and vitamin D₂ is found in some mushrooms. Is sunlight the only other way for ...
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Is iron deficiency anemia more common among vegans?

Is iron deficiency (and more severely, iron deficiency anemia) more prevalent among vegans? I've heard people say that it's important to eat red meat to get iron, but I've also heard several anecdotes ...
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Do all wool-bearing animals need to be shorn?

Do all wool-bearing animals, especially sheep and alpaca, need to be regularly shorn to maintain their health? Is it true that sheep's wool will grow to the point where it threatens the sheep's life ...
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How to tell the difference between faux fur and animal fur?

Last year there was a scandal about real fur being labelled as synthetic/fake/faux fur, which of course would be unacceptable for vegans who are seeking to avoid supporting the exploitation of animals....
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Vegan honey substitutes

Many vegans seem to consider honey non-vegan since honey is produced for a bees own consumption, that often bees are killed so humans may obtain their honey and often bees are selectively bred for ...
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What are the good food sources to boost immune system for vegans?

What food products can help boost up the immune system for a vegan?
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Is it necessary to take supplements when starting with vegetarianism?

I reduced meats some months ago and about a month ago I decided to go vegetarian. My objective is to go raw-vegan in the future. I have researched a bit and some sources recommend taking vitamin D, ...
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Is smoking consistent with vegan principles?

Can you be a vegan and smoke cigarettes? I ask the question because I saw many people using clothes with vegan logos and making vegan campaign smoking cigarettes. I've seen sites that say cigarettes ...
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Is wine considered vegan?

As per this Wikipedia article many wines are apparently made using a catalyst that is an animal byproduct. The finings settle to the bottom and are removed. So when consuming the wine, there are no ...
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Why is keeping backyard hens inconsistent with veganism?

If somebody keeps egg-laying hens in their backyard and makes sure they are loved and well cared-for, what's wrong with taking and eating their eggs from the perspective of veganism? If a person who ...
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Does growing crops kill more animals than raising cows on pasture?

In 2003, Steven L. Davis published an analysis in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics which speculates: Is it possible that some other agricultural production alternatives may ...
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Are some religious practices incompatible with veganism?

I understand that animal sacrifice is a religious practice that was common in antiquity, but are there any religious activities practiced today which are incompatible with veganism? And if so, are ...
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Do apiculturists make more money from honey or pollination services?

Honey bees, specifically the European Honey Bee (apis mellifera), are often used in service of pollinating crops in large industrial monocultures. These bees also produce honey which is collected and ...
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Are vegan diets associated with more flatulence?

Are diets that restrict or completely avoid animal products associated with a higher volume of flatulence? Here I am asking specifically about gas that is mostly produced in the colon and expelled in ...
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How to be healthy while restricting energy intake on a vegan diet?

Are there any special concerns for people who are restricting energy intake in order to lose weight while following a strict vegan diet? The American Dietetic Association says that... Well-planned ...
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What options are available for vegan investing?

Since deciding to follow a vegan lifestyle I have already "put my money where my mouth is" by changing my consumption and purchasing habits to avoid products produced from animal slaughter and animal ...
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After how long will one see symptoms of lack of B12?

Suppose a person goes vegan and neither eats food items with B12 nor supplements, i.e., doesn't take vitamin B12 at all. After how much time will the symptoms be visible and after how much time will ...
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How can vegans obtain sufficient zinc from whole foods?

Zinc is a mineral that we need in small amount every day for good health. Although zinc is found in many plant foods, it is less concentrated than in many animal-based foods. Males are known to have a ...
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What's the difference between lactose-free and dairy-free?

Various products in the supermarket, such as skim milk, whole milk, ice cream, butter, and whipping cream are labelled as "lactose-free". Are these products appropriate to serve to a vegan? What is ...
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How can I find out at a job interview whether the company is vegan friendly?

I'm currently changing careers and moving into a new field. At my old job, I was really lucky to have a vegan boss and mostly vegetarian coworkers. Having lunch together was always great. Now, given ...
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Jobs for a 15 year old vegan?

Title says it all; I'm vegan for animal cruelty reasons, and would rather not be handling meat, which is difficult considering most of jobs available to me are fast food. At this point I'm expecting ...
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How can I identify whether the sugar in a packaged food is vegan or not?

Many packaged foods contain sugar, which may be processed using bone char. I read on the net that the usage of bone char in sugar production is decreasing. How can I identify whether the sugar in a ...
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Can I tell whether E-numbered food additives are animal derived?

Cadbury Oreo Chocolate flavor contains E322 as an emulsifier. I searched on the net and found that it can be plant or animal derived. So how do I know whether this product is vegan or not? And can ...
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Are leavening agents vegan?

Some packaged foods contain leavening agents. For example, the Cadbury's Chocolate Oreo sold in India contains leavening agents E500(ii) and E503(ii). All I could find out, anything except that baking ...
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Is it safe to make mylk/milk from rice?

I live in the UK. At some point, I was taught that cooked rice that has been left for a while can cause illness. More recently I've become aware that many people make healthy fermented dishes from ...
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Could wool from sheep living in an animal sanctuary be considered vegan?

As far as I know, some sheep need to be shorn because they were bred to produce more wool. If such a sheep is rescued from a sheep station by an animal sanctuary, which is a non-profit organization,...
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Is bloating after a six month vegan diet transition period still normal?

I have been vegan for about half a year now, but the bloating and gas are still a problem. I've read that the body will get used to it after a certain time, but I think it should be better by now, ...