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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Is there a canon for veganism?

Is there some document or literature or mantra that is the canonical source for the "rules of veganism"? Say two vegans are arguing about whether eating honey is vegan or not (not debating that here) -...
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Why is vegan cheese nicknamed Gary?

I have a friend who is a vegan and for some reason she, and many other people, seem to call Vegan cheese Gary. Why is vegan cheese nicknamed Gary though? Where did this come from? I am from the UK ...
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Are there any vegan chocolate spreads which taste like Nutella available in the UK?

I am looking for a vegan chocolate spread that tastes similiarly to Nutella which would be available in the UK. I am open to some differences in taste, but I would ideally want something with ...
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How can I replace eggs when making an omelette?

I really like omelettes and being Spanish I used to prepare Spanish omelette quite often before becoming vegan. I would like to try to make one again so I was wondering, how can I replace the eggs ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

Sometimes explaining to your family that you have decided to become a vegetarian/vegan is not easy, especially when they have grown up thinking that eating meat/fish/dairy from time to time is ...
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At what age can a kid change their diet from vegetarian to vegan?

We usually give kids cow/goat milk, ghee and some products for better health (calcium for strong bones and so on). At what age we can change a kid's diet to vegan from vegetarian without affecting ...
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How can I approximate the flavour of butter in savoury dishes?

I used to make dishes like risotto, for example, with dairy butter. Is there a vegan way to approximate that rich flavour? It would be awesome if I could do this with simple ingredients rather than ...
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Can prebiotics substitute for consumption of probiotics in vegan diet?

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that promote growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. They can be found for example in legumes and oats. As a vegan who does not eat ...
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Are probiotics added to soy milk of vegan origin?

I have been looking for probiotics in vegan foods and I have found couple of references (1, 2) saying that although soy milk contains some probiotics naturally, these are added to it as well. I ...
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What books are recommended for the ethics of veg*nism? [closed]

Which books are recommended for the ethics of veganism/vegetarianism?
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Are there any vegan BDSM products?

Are there any vegan alternatives to leather-based BDSM products (clothing, whips, even handcuffs have a leather covering sometimes)?
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Is there a shop selling vegan sneakers in France?

Are there any vegan sneakers that you can actually try physically before buying in France? Most of the (European) brands that I've found so far only sell online. I know that Vans has some vegan ...
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Why do vegans call milk “mylk”?

I saw that vegans often use the word mylk instead of milk, like in this answer. Why do vegans call milk mylk?
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Are there any vegan gummy sweets in brick and mortar shops in the UK?

I would like to know whether there are some vegan gummy sweets (like Haribo gummy bears and such) available in traditional, brick and mortar shops in the UK. I have searched on the internet but I ...
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What are some vegan substitutes for gelatine in terms of health benefits?

Gelatine is traditionally considered good for joints and skin, good for production of collagen etc. Is there a vegan substitute that offers similar health benefits as gelatine? I am ideally looking ...
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Is it possible to make vegan crepes?

I'm vegetarian and aspiring vegan. My family loves crepes, and I have tried various egg replacements, and they just don't work - when I try to turn the crepe, it disintegrates. Has anyone figured out ...
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Are tattoo inks vegan?

I asked whether printer inks were vegan, but tattoo ones must be different since they are used on/in skin. So, are tattoo inks vegan (not containing animal-related products)?
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Are common printer ink cartridges vegan?

I saw a report on TV that food coloring can be animal-based, especially the red ones. Is it the same for common printer inks (i.e. printer brands inks)? If so, is there a vegan alternative?
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Are there vegan Omega 3 pills?

I am being treated for ADHD and BiPolar disorder. My doctor advises me to take Omega 3 supplements. For about 15 years I have been following vegetarian diet. I found being so I found myself having ...
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Any suggestions to help someone experiencing joint pain after giving up dairy products? [closed]

My wife is a long time Vegetarian, and recently decided to move to a Vegan diet. She's been very successful so far, and feels great in general. However, over the past few weeks she has been ...
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Is using bee's wax OK for vegans?

I am not vegan, but was wondering whether vegans will use bee's wax. My guess is that, given most won't eat honey, the answer is no but the method of collecting wax can be different, for example it ...
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How to replace cashews in vegan cheese?

Many recipes for vegan cheese use cashews as a base. I have to avoid these recipes because I am highly allergic to cashews. Due to the nature of the allergy, I also have to avoid most tree nuts. What ...
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What does the term “veg*n” mean?

You sometimes see the term "veg*n" on sites such as this one. What exactly does this term mean? Why is it used?
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Does a vegan diet help to reduce allergy symptoms?

Several studies have shown the positive impact that vegan diet can have on gut microbiota1. At the same time several studies have shown the connections between a gut in a poor status and the ...
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Which personal lubricants are vegan

I'm wondering which kinds of personal lubricants are vegan. I'm not familiar with how they are usually made, or what substances are used in their manufacture, but I would think someone's figured out ...
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How effective is farming crops without animal derived fertilizer?

It is sometimes claimed that materials such as manure are important to attain high yields of crops. While I know that it's possible to farm using only vegan materials, e.g. 'veganic' farming, I'm ...
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Is there a book similar to “On Cooking” that will teach the fundamental principles of cooking, from a vegan perspective?

I want to learn how to cook, not just from the experience of following lots of recipes, but from understanding the principles behind recipes: how to best combine ingredients and flavours, what ...
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What funded research projects are going on in the field of vegetarianism?

Is vegetarianism a well researched topic? By asking this question I mean university and industry level research. Livestock has more financially strong background so industry people and government ...
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How can I convince my workplace to offer a better vegan menu?

I actually don't have many choices for my lunches since there aren't a lot of restaurants nearby, and none that has a vegan option. My workplace, though, has a restaurant for takeaway. One drawback ...
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What is the effect of vegan diet on quality of breast milk?

Does vegan or vegetarian diet have any negative effect on the quality of breast milk? If so, does a vegetarian or vegan mother need to take any special dietary supplements to improve quality of ...
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Would vegans eat fruits with worms?

Many organic fruits might come with worms inside. Some kind of fruits (like guayaba and mangos during the tropical rainy season) are very likely to have worms inside. Is it vegan to eat them? How do ...
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Does veganism help with yoga practice? How?

A vegetarian (or even vegan) diet is often suggested to yogis, people who practice yoga. Does veganism have any positive effect on the practice of yoga, compared to a vegetarian or omnivorous diet? ...
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How can I explain my decision to refuse to purchase or handle animal products for others?

I am sometimes asked to purchase, handle, or cook meat and other animal products for my family and friends. I want to refuse on ethical grounds, so how can I explain my position effectively? The ...
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How can I ask my guests to eat vegan when I host them?

When I host an event or have guests over to my home, how can I insist that they do not bring animal products to consume at the event? In particular, I am interested in how to handle ethical opposition ...
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Is it possible to make silk without killing the creatures that produce it?

I know that the silkworms are killed in the process of making silk, and so I try to avoid buying it. Although any process that uses animals may be considered non-vegan even if the animals are not ...
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What are some natural, non-animal sources of heme?

Recently Pat Brown introduced the Impossible Burger with the "magic" ingredient of heme, a naturally occurring bio-chemical in animals, that makes meat smell, taste and bleed like meat. What are the ...
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Can a fertilizer be vegan?

Can fertilizer be classified as vegan? If so, what requirements are imposed on it? Is it enough to say that no animal products can be used, or is the discussion more nuanced for fertilizer?
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Are all contact lenses vegan?

It has been asked before whether things (such as sugar, water, tea or condoms) that do not obviously involve the use of animal derivatives might or not be vegan. Here my question is about contact ...
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Are natality rates lower among vegans?

From my experience vegans tend to have few or no children. This could be due to the fact that many vegans that I know are young, or the fact that - as said in this answer - vegans tend to have a ...
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Is there vegan glue that works well on fabric?

I want to buy fabric glue but I suspect that the kinds you normally find are not vegan. Are there a vegan fabric glues, or alternative adhesives that would work for fabric?
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Is there any website that tells what vegan recipes I can cook with X and Y ingredients?

The internet is full of many recipes collections, with a variety of websites with many different features. Sometimes they let you make searches with a richness of parameters. Let's say I open my ...
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Can products labeled as “produced in factory that handles milk” be considered vegan?

I know about some vegetarian labeled products that do not contain any non-vegan substances per se, they are just being produced in factories that produce other products which, in turn, contain dairy ...
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Can vegan foods produce heterocyclic amines when cooked?

Heterocyclic amines are carcinogenic compounds that can be found in cooked meat. They seem to be produced by the high temperatures (e.g. roasting). Can heterocyclic amines also be found in cooked ...
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Do some vegans avoid using cookware that's previously been used to cook meat?

We have a "mixed diet" household, so much of our cookware has (at some point) been used to cook meat, poultry, or fish. However, I also like to cook vegan food for vegan friends who visit. I know ...
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Is there a daily limit for absorption of vitamin B12?

I am interested in knowing whether there is some biologically imposed limit for an amount of B12 that human body can absorb per day. If so, what happens with the rest of the consumed B12? Is it just ...
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Is there any hospitality network for vegans?

Hospitality networks (such as SERVAS, Hospitality club, Couchsurfing and BeWelcome) are networks of travelers and people who host them. Recently "specialized" websites, like TrustRoots that is for ...
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Is “cruelty-free” the same as “vegan”?

Simple and straightforward: does "cruelty-free" mean the same as "vegan"?
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Why are some condoms not vegan?

If you do a web search for "vegan condoms" (yes, vegans use exotic and conscious search engines..) you will find that cruelty-free prophylactics are an item that is being sold. However, how could a ...
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How to be healthy while ageing, on a vegan diet?

What health recommendations can be given to older people that want to follow a vegan diet? Is there any particular concern? Related questions: Is it safe to raise babies and young children on a ...
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What are the historical roots of antispeciesism?

Antispeciesism (the opposition to discrimination and abuse based on the fact that another being belong to a different species) is strongly related to the ideology of the vegan movement. However, how ...