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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Do veg*ans have better health because of their diet or lifestyle? [duplicate]

Several statistics show veg*ans have better health 1,2,3; however one could argue that this is due to several factors other than their diet, e.g. they smoke less, drink less alcohol, do more physical ...
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Is vegan poo (and digestive system) different?

The amount of dietary fiber can influence stool characteristics and transit time 1,2. Since vegan diets are usually higher in fiber content, we can think imagine this has some effect. How is the ...
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How to identify a vegan supplement?

If I am considering supplements to balance my dietary intake, how do I identify if they are vegan? To clarify, if I have altered my diet to eliminate eating animals, how can I be sure that my ...
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Are there any specifics related to veganism and working out?

I used to workout quite a lot when I was omnivore and vegetarian but have not visited the gym for some time because of a back injury. When transitioning from omnivore to vegetarian, I did not do any ...
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Besides animal suffering and caring for the environment, what common ethical reasons are there for veganism? [closed]

Many vegans follow this lifestyle "for ethical reasons". These reasons are usually related to avoiding animal suffering and exploitation. Moreover, some vegans might see the concern for the ...
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Which medical tests should I do if I'm vegan?

Which tests (blood, urine, bone mass density, or others..) should a vegan take to check his/her health status? Related question: How often should a vegan have a blood test?
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What impact would stopping human consumption of honey have on worldwide bee populations?

Large populations of bees are used by humans to produce honey. Most vegans do not consume honey as it is an animal product and therefore it is in conflict with their beliefs. Are there any studies/...
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Are there any teas that are non-vegan?

I am curious whether there are some teas that are not vegan (do not contain animal product, not even insects, fungal product is fine). I am interested mainly in teas available in European countries, ...
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Is there a vegan cheese I can use for pizzas?

This weekend, I'm inviting friends at home to play online together. As every time they come, we have pizzas. But this time, I would like to prepare vegan pizzas for them. I'm therefore wondering if ...
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How is the rate of growth of veganism and vegetarianism changing over time?

Here is a common answer from 2016: Some 542,000 people aged 15 or over – more than one per cent of the population – have adopted a plant-based diet, up from 150,0001 in 2006. While this is great, ...
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An easy vegan meal plan that covers all dietary needs [closed]

If you want to get enough of a particular nutrient X, there are always plenty of resources showing how to do so. For example, here are articles showing how to get enough protein, calcium, and iron. ...
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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?