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Is some sugar not vegan?

White or brown sugar is made from sugar cane, or from sugar beets. Both of those are vegetables. Since sugar doesn't come from an animal, why do some brands of sugar bother mentioning on the package ...
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What is a good source of Vitamin B12 for a vegan?

My understanding is that Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that vegetarians and meat eaters get from animals and animal products; how can I obtain this vitamin as a vegan? Can I live without it safely?
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Are animal pollinated foods vegan friendly?

Some foods (e.g. almonds) are 100% reliant on animals (e.g. bees) for pollination. Are foods that are pollinated by animals regarded as vegan friendly?
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Is it safe to raise babies and young children on a vegan diet?

Are there any health concerns when it comes to raising babies and young children on a vegan diet? Are there any nutrients that their diet could be deficient in? Does breast feeding vs. formula make a ...
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Reasons for being vegetarian or vegan other than ethical reasons?

I met a lot of people that, even though they have strong reasons for being vegan or vegetarian, or even work saving or helping animals, etc. have failed to follow their principles and ended up ...
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What are the highest protein sources for vegetarians/vegans?

One of the most frequent questions I am asked as a 30+ year vegetarian is where do you get your protein? There seems to be a belief that the only source of protein is meat. What are the highest ...
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Is Omega 3 missing from vegan diets?

Is Omega 3 missing from vegan diets? Are there any food supplements that provide Omega 3 not derived from animals?
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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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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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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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What are the health benefits of vegetarianism?

Are there any known health benefits of being a vegetarian? Does it prevent or lower the risk of any diseases? Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat.
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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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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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What are the main nutrient deficiency concerns for vegans?

What are the main nutrient deficiencies strict vegans are at risk of and how to avoid them?
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Are there any farms that sell “cruelty-free” eggs (i.e. that don't slaughter older hens)?

Eggs maybe considered vegetarian by many since most eggs are unfertilized and do not result in the death of any animals. However, egg farms are usually not cruelty-free since when hens get too old to ...
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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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Relationship between vegetarianism and global warming

It is said that going vegetarian can help reduce global warming. What research has been done to support this or against it. Also, if true, to what extent is it effective as compared to other methods ...
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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 it safe to follow a Fruitarian diet? If not, what are the potential health issues?

Fruitarianism is a diet that consists entirely or primarily of fruits in the botanical sense, and possibly nuts and seeds, without animal products. Fruitarianism is a subset of dietary veganism. ...
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Why are a lot of beer and wines non-vegetarian?

The vast majority of beer and wines aren't vegetarian. I believe it is fish bladders that are used to make the drink clearer. What is the vegetarian alternative to this and why isn't it more widely ...
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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?
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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 vegetarian and vegan macronutrient needs the same as in traditional diets?

Are the recommended macronutrient ratios the same for vegetarians, vegans, and people eating meat? Does the fiber content or the nutrient density of plant foods change the recommended calorie intake ...
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Are there any dairy farms that don't kill cows or calves?

Young calves and old cows on dairy farms are typically sent to slaughter because they are no longer useful for milk production. Are there any farms (past or present) that operate as a business and ...
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Hidden non-vegetarian or vegan ingredients

I imagine there's a (hopefully) short list of items that may appear innocuous on a food label which are in fact of animal origin in same way. Ones I'm aware of include casein (to clarify beer) and ...
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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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Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet?

Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet? If so, what is the reason for this?
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How can I communicate ideas about vegetarianism or veganism to others without appearing like I am imposing it on them?

In what ways can I share facts and opinions about plant-based diets without appearing pushy and annoying, therefore barring the dissemination of ideas completely? I am referring here to the popular ...
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Pros and cons of trying a vegetarian diet for a few months as a transition to veganism?

I'm interested in becoming a vegan, and cutting all animal products out of my diet. Should I go cold turkey (pun intended) and just stop eating animal products immediately, or should I try to be a ...
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When taking B12 supplements, is it a viable strategy to take higher dose every few days as opposed to lower dose every day?

As a recently converted vegan, I first wanted to try out not taking B12 supplements to see if I can get the recommended RDA from fortified foods alone. This turned out to be rather hard and I average ...
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Can those who eat insects be considered vegetarians?

If one eats insects as part of their diet, can it be considered vegetarian?
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How much is a person's greenhouse gas footprint reduced by eating vegetarian?

Animal agriculture has been identified as playing a large role in climate change. I am interested in how much of a difference someone can make through diet changes. How much is the average North ...
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Does becoming vegan need a transition?

I recently decided to be vegan. One of my concerns is the impact on health of a sudden change of eating habits. So, speaking about health, does becoming vegan need a transition? Do I need to "teach ...
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Is “protein combining” necessary to be healthy on a vegan diet?

I've heard claims that in order to be healthy on a vegan diet, one must go out of their way to combine proteins from different food sources in order to get an adequate amount of each necessary amino ...
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How to replace eggs in cake recipe and keep the cake from breaking?

I use Betty Crocker's Yellow cake mix. In the cake powder, as the recipe asks, I add about 1 cup of water, half cup of oil but to replace 3 eggs I add a pinch of baking powder and 1/3 cup of homemade ...
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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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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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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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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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Do commercial chicken's eggs contain B12?

If chickens are fed with only treated grain, where do they obtain vitamin B12 from? Are these eggs a good source of vitamin B12?
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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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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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Could a vegetarian diet indirectly cause vitamin C deficiency?

Obvious answer is no but... I quickly see a difference when I don't get much fruit (or fruit-juice) for a few weeks, my gums start bleeding more easily and get a bit painful - known consequences of a ...
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Would vegetarians eat an animal that died of natural causes?

Why would a vegetarian refuse to eat an animal that dies of a natural death (such as Kapelin, the suicide fish that throws itself upon the bays of Newfoundland two weeks of a given month of a given ...
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What calculation provided the amino acid profile of a complete protein?

A complete protein is defined by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Medicine as having all nine amino acids essential for human health in sufficient concentration. What were the ...
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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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Plants show intelligent behaviour, is this sufficient for moral consideration?

Recent research has revealed that plants are able to communicate, learn, and respond to harm. It has been argued that these behaviours constitute basic intelligence. Robert A. Freitas Jr. has ...
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Is eating lab-grown meat vegan?

Considering the technology advancement where you could have meat grown in a lab, would it be considered vegan (since it is not a animal product)? Would it depend whether the lab-grown meat was ...
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How much more would beef cost in the USA without government subsidies?

By government subsidies I mean money provided by the government (presumably originating from taxes) to farmers which artificially reduces the price of beef. This includes subsidies for animal feed ...
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Is there a good rule of thumb for eating correctly?

I've been vegan/vegetarian for about 4 years now and my way of making sure I'd eat enough of everything is to mix as much as possible vegetables, fruits, grains... There's a French recommendation to ...

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