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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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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Dr. Weston A. Price claims in his Nutrition and Physical Degeneration that a plant-based diet never sustained any traditional culture. As yet I have not found a single group of primitive racial ...
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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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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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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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Cheapest vegan protein options

What are the foods with the best price per protein ratio in the UK? I feel that protein is the main obstacle to a vegan diet, and so I would like to learn about possible options from you experienced ...
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Where does the B12 in vitamin supplements come from?

I know that many animal products contain vitamin B12 and that it's very hard or even impossible to get enough from plant-based food. There are supplements which vegans should take. But what are these ...
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Is it true that vegetarians who eat meat become ill?

I've been a veggie for years, but recently I've been told that if I ever accidentally or intentionally eat meat again I may become violently ill, because my body isn't used to it. I've eaten small ...
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What cheese is considered vegetarian?

Most cheeses aren't vegetarian. Are there any types of cheeses which are? I'm not asking for specific products, but general information on when cheese is not considered vegetarian (e.g. removing some ...
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Vegetarian foods in Japanese culture?

I'm a strict vegetarian travelling to Asia (mostly Japan). Which traditional Japanese foods are safe to eat vegetarian or easy to substitute to be so? What are common non-vegetarian ingredients to ...
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Why is green gram, also known as mung bean, not a popular protein source?

I have been going through protein sources for vegans here and in other forums in the internet. I don't see any of them listing green gram as on of items despite having around 25g protein in 100g ...
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How to obtain the best iron absorption from spinach?

I've heard that while spinach contains plentiful amounts of iron, the iron content is hard for the human body to digest. Spinach contains oxalic acid that binds with some of the iron, making it ...
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Vegan flu shot (vaccine / vaccination)

After hearing that the most common flu shots involve chicken eggs, I searched for vegan flu shots. I haven't found anything conclusive. What are my options if I want a flu shot but want to adhere to ...
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Vegan wool alternative other than synthetic fiber?

I read this post about vegan clothing, but I'm wondering what are the best alternatives to wool for warm clothing (i.e. sweater), which would be suitable for countries with some snow and temperatures ...
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Is Vitamin A plentiful in cooked or raw vegetables?

I have been under word-of-mouth impression that while vitamin A is most replete in meats, a vegan who eats nutrient rich vegetables or sweet potatoes and carrots intakes their full share. However, the ...
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What is Seitan? How do I get it?

I've heard of a vegetarian / vegan meat substitute called seitan. What is it, and can I make it at home? Do I just prepare it in the same way I might cook chicken or beef?
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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 it's almost nonexistent in most vegan ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

I am working on a menu website project, one of the requirements is to have an icon for Vegetarian and an icon for Vegan. During my research I couldn't find any sort of definitive answer as to 'XXX is ...
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What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians?

What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians? Can milk and yogurt make up an adequate daily intake?
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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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What material should I look for if I want a durable/comfortable vegan shoe?

I'm the kind of person who tends to buy one pair of shoes and wear them almost all the time until they fall apart. While I'm vegan in most aspects of my life, shoes is one of the things that I've yet ...
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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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Is there clothing for vegans?

According to this article having vegan clothing should not be very complicated, as it simply means avoiding some materials: Here’s a list of things to avoid, if you want to keep dead animals out ...
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Is the human body naturally made for a vegetarian diet?

I have heard that the human body is naturally made for a vegetarian diet. Does the shape of our teeth, length of our intestines indicate a natural make towards a vegetarian diet? Are there any other ...
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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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Which pets could be kept by someone who chooses to be vegan for environmental reasons?

Let's assume that someone is not concerned with animal welfare or rights of their pet, and is vegan for purely environmental reasons. The issue is that buying food for carnivorous animals is ...
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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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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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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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Database of vegan products in the UK

Is there any online resource that I can use to check which products are vegan? I am a long time vegetarian who is trying to switch to vegan. Mostly, I cook from basic ingredients and hence it is ...
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Do some vegetarians eat gelatin?

Gelatin is an animal byproduct. Nonetheless, I know many self-identified vegetarians who eat gelatin anyway. Are there reasons for being vegetarian (e.g. religious) that allow the consumption of ...
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Would we be overrun by cows and pigs if we stopped slaughtering them?

I've heard often that there are no good arguments against keeping animals to produce food. (see for example this YouTube video What about this argument: We live in a commercial world. If we do not ...
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What nutrients should vegetarians supplement while weight training?

I have just started serious weight training (3 days a week powerlifting) and I have been eating vegetarian for the most part for years. I am concerned that the extra demands on my body from ...
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How to avoid being part of the slaughter of cockerels on the free-range egg farms?

Most of the eggs that are consumed are infertile. However would eating eggs from certain farms would increase kills of the male chickens (cockerels)? By killing, I mean brutally slaughtered by the use ...
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Can too much B12 be harmful?

While I know that B12 is water-soluble vitamin and (as I understand it) it should be naturally expelled from the body, is this really the case even with continuously high intakes, eg. 1000mcg/day for ...
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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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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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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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Are vegetarian and vegan micronutrient needs the same as traditional diets?

Inspired from this question about macronutrients, here I propose the analogue for micronutrients: are vegetarian and vegan micronutrient needs the same as traditional diets? Does any factor in vegan ...
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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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For a recipe that contains fish, what could be a vegetarian substitute that somewhat retains taste?

My wife finds that the marinated tofu we add to our pasta tastes pretty similar to meat (I am vegetarian but she is not, so I wouldn't know, but I take her word for it). When a recipe contains fish, ...
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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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Are there any countries besides India where it is mandatory to mark food products that contain animal-derived ingredients?

In India, it is mandatory to mark all food products (including toothpaste) to show whether they are free (or not) of animal-derived contents, using a green dot if they have no animal-derived content ...
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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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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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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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Is there an ethical alternative to mulesing? (Removal of wool-bearing skin from the breech of a sheep)

Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech (buttocks) of a sheep to prevent flystrike (myiasis). The wool around the buttocks can retain feces and urine, which ...

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