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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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Is there information about pets that vegans choose?

Is there reliable research indicating what if any types of companion animals (pets), vegans or vegetarians choose? The three most popular companion animals are dogs, cats and rabbits (depending on ...
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What are some non-sweet options for vegan breakfast?

While I find following a vegan diet really easy to adapt to, ever since I stopped eating cheese and eggs, I have almost run out of my usual breakfast choices and all of the ones I've been left with ...
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What vegan food should I feed to a baby?

What foods should I feed a baby when we starting out on a vegan lifestyle? We are going through a phase where we are changing from meat to vegetarian/vegan. I've seen many babies that don't eat ...
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What is the difference between vegetarian and vegan?

I read the following questions which I found pretty impressive, but it left me with this question about the difference between the 2 "categories" - vegetarian and vegan. In easy terms, what would be ...
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What foods to eat when changing from meat to vegetarian to vegan? [closed]

So let me explain the process that me and my family went for about 5 years and now we are ready to go to 100% vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. 5 years ago we were meat eaters. Basically every day. ...
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How often should a vegan have a blood test?

I read (e.g. in this vitamin B12 question) that it is important for a vegan to monitor some nutrient levels by taking blood tests periodically. Excluding exceptional situations, how often a vegan ...
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What health reasons might prevent people from becoming vegan?

Often, people say something like "I'd love to be vegan, but I have low iron levels and a vegan diet would be unhealthy for me." I'm not a physician and I can't just say "I assure you, your iron ...
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How quickly does cholesterol decrease when on a vegan diet?

Vegan diet reduces blood cholesterol 1,2,3. However, how does cholesterol decrease with time? What I'm looking for is a sort of graph where X = days or weeks, and Y = cholesterol level.
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Making vegan marshmallows at home

Is it possible to make vegan marshmallows at home and if so, how do I go about it? I guess the characteristics I'm looking for are: that slightly squidgy mashmallow texture toastable on a stick over ...
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Is there a vegan alternative to beeswax for wooden furniture?

Many polishes for wooden furniture are made with beeswax or other animal-derived ingredients. As a vegan, I'm refusing buying any of those products. Does any alternative to beeswax for polishing ...
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Are (plant-based) vitamin D₂ supplements as effective as vitamin D₃?

Many vegans and non-vegans have low vitamin D levels. Apart from synthesizing it with sunlight, it is possible to ingest it from the diet, but there are no natural, reliable vegan sources of vitamin D,...
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What are good vegan sources of saturated fats?

Saturated fats have been shown to be less harmful than we have been led to believe. In fact, some believe red meat is to blame for skewing research results against saturated fats: Conclusion: The ...
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What specific ethical concerns are there about the use of sheep's wool?

I am a vegan and I (believe I) understand the main philosophical arguments and stances that lead to the conclusion that we should not use non-human animals or animal products for our own ends. ...
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Is the use of pesticides considered vegan?

While sometimes considered indispensable for crops protection, pesticides are basically weapons of mass destruction aimed at insects and other animals that eat crops. Can food produced with the aid of ...
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How can I determine how much protein I need in a vegan diet?

As I'm going vegan, I need to replace protein from meat with plant proteins. When I was eating meat, I didn't pay any attention to how much protein I ate. But in a vegan diet, I feel that I would have ...
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Where can vegetarians and vegans demand changes to the legislation regarding labeling of goods?

One of the biggest problems I as a consumer face when shopping is that often there is no clear labeling of whether food classifies as being vegetarian or vegan. While this problem is getting better ...
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Does vegan mentoring exist?

I've searched for mentoring programs to get some help (in addition to this community) to fully become vegan, but none suited my criteria. I'm currently searching in my region (France), but I didn't ...
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In what ways can an individual influence the availability of vegan food in shops and restaurants?

I would like to know what an ordinary person can do to increase the proportion of vegan-oriented products in shops and of vegan meals in restaurants. While in bigger cities and/or countries with ...
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Why do many vegans avoid products which contain palm oil?

Palm oil itself is vegetable-based and animal-free, so why do many vegans consider products which contain it to be unsuitable to purchase/consume?
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Can food of purely mineral origin be considered vegan?

Natural salt is of mineral origin, thus does not involve animals thus is vegan. But how about a chemical of purely mineral origin? E.g. Can synthetically produced L-Ascorbic acid from ingredients ...
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Are there any considerations a vegan might make when choosing transportation?

Walk, bicycle, drive or ride public transportation. Each has limitations on how effective it can be depending on distance and location. When choosing transportation are there any vegan ...
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What can substitute for cow's milk in a vegan breakfast?

Every morning, I generally eat cereal with milk As I'm going vegan, I replaced the milk with organic soy drink with vanilla (that I greatly prefer to milk). But I wonder if it is a good substitute ...
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Can the material for food allergies tests be obtained without causing harm to animals?

Some of the non-vegan foods are among the most causes of allergies: shellfish, eggs, and dairy. How are these tests prepared? Is it possible for the allergens to be extracted without harming the ...
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What's the origin of veganism?

Veganism is for me intricately linked to animal rights' movements. Vegetarianism can be argued to be okay, since it (theoretically) doesn't necessarily kill the animals involved in producing milk and ...
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Do vegan instruments sound different from traditional instruments? [closed]

I love music. I play piano, guitar and I played violin, harmonica, flute... all in an amateur way. I know that animal products have historically been a part of almost all major instruments around: ...
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Are there non-vegan water sources?

It would seem obvious that in modern society (USA) your water comes to the tap without involving animal exploitation. But most municipal (city) water supplies involve several types of treatment ...
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Can a modern diet be vegan, organic and sustainable? [closed]

Assuming a vegan diet, where the food is not altered or produced by the exploitation of animals. To be sustainable nutrients that are removed from the soil by growing plants need to be replaced. ...
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What area is most favorable to subsistence gardening for a vegan diet?

Meeting all the dietary requirements of a vegan diet is difficult, what area or location is most favorable to substance gardening for a vegan diet? In other words, if I am moving so I can subsistence ...
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How can grazing land be converted to contribute to feeding a vegan world?

Currently large areas of the world are devoted to grazing. Many of these areas have historically been deemed incapable of more profitable food production. If there was no longer a market for animal ...
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If the US source of protein changed from animal to vegetable tomorrow, how much of what types of plants would need to be planted? [closed]

Humans need specific things in their diets, in the US much of that is met through meat and dairy products. If everyone in the US went vegan tomorrow, how much of what new crops would need to be farmed ...
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Which essential amino acids are the most likely to be deficient in a vegan diet?

Beside total proteins and the need for protein combining (see this question), here I ask a more specific question regarding single amino-acids: what are the most likely essential amino acids to be ...
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How much money would we save from going vegan? [closed]

Are there any scientific publications trying to estimate, in case of a massive conversion to vegan diet either in the world or in a given country, one or more of the following: the number of people ...
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Are there certification labels that ensure a product is really vegan?

It could depend on country legislation, but I saw that some products that claim to be organic can not be at 100%. This is very frequent in hypermarkets/superstores with products of their own brand to ...
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Can vegan diets have a positive effect on people with diabetes?

I'm wondering whether a diet rich in plant foods, such as a vegan diet, can have a positive impact on people with diabetes and/or people with pre-diabetes, the condition in which blood glucose levels ...
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How to be healthy during a vegan pregnancy?

What health recommendations for during pregnancy can be made to vegans? Many doctors recommend eating fish and/or meat. How could a pregnant person get the necessary nutrients on a vegan diet?
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Is there a difference between “vegan” and “plant-based”?

"Vegan" is a popular term in everyday language, while "plant-based" often appears in scientific literature. Is there any difference in meaning between the two terms?
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What changes to infrastructure would have to take place if the whole world became vegetarian or vegan?

Is our current infrastructure well-suited for plant-based diet of majority of population? I am particulary interested in changes that would be required to our distribution, food production and the ...
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What vegan alternative to hydrating/repair creams are there?

Due to the cold temperatures, my hands are drying and chapping a bit. I'm using a cream to repair my hands. But, since I'm beginning with veganism, I looked at its composition and I saw it contains ...
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How can I tell if wheat flour is vegan?

In another answer, I learned that some flour is not vegan because it may have been bleached with bone char. When I'm shopping, what do I need to look for to ensure I'm getting vegan flour?
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Is it possible to feed a cat or a dog under a vegan diet?

I've read that cats cannot live on a vegan diet (they may even die). Is that true? Why is that? Is it the same with dogs?
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What ingredients may be in chocolate that are not suitable for vegans?

Since chocolate is plant-based (made from cacao beans), it can be vegan. Some contains dairy products, which is obviously not vegan. Apart from dairy products, what other common ingredients in ...
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How can I tell whether cotton is vegan?

For example, most cotton is chemically altered. How would I know whether animal products have been used or not? Are there any special production references or standards to be aware of while shopping?
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Is yeast-risen bread (or other baked products) vegan?

Most breads are leavened with yeast, which is killed during baking. If my recipe is flour, water, yeast, and a bit of salt, is the resulting bread non-vegan?
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What beer is vegan?

What beer is considered vegan, and why? Is it about yeast, gelatin or some other ingredients? In other words, what are the key ingredients in beer which makes it non-vegan (so they can be avoided ...
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Does a vegan diet have negative/positive effect on athletes? [closed]

I often hear that vegan athletes cannot perform at the same level as non-vegan athletes, focused more in terms of strength, performance, etc. There are tons of articles and debates on the topic. But ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Why is it that some vegans don't use dairy products, but still breast-feed their babies? Isn't this same idea of a mother cow breastfeeding their babies? Is it about animal cruelty, animal product (...
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Is honey considered vegan?

Since vegan diet avoids animal products, does it include natural honey? Does it depends whether some bees are killed while beekeepers gather their honey?
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What are the reasons people switch from vegetarianism to veganism?

Many vegans I know have been vegetarians for some time, before switching to veganism. What are some reasons for this? Why not going straight to veganism? Also, are there any benefits for not ...
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Can technological objects contain animal-related products?

The question may sound weird, but I wouldn't be amazed if this is the case. I've just been surprised by learning that some beers and wines are even not vegetarian. So, my question(s) is (are): Can a ...
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Are there vegan formula options for infants?

If I am unable to breastfeed and I want to avoid dairy-based products, what are my options for formula?