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How to tell if eggs are fertilized or not?

There are some Hindus who believe that an egg only becomes a living being, and thus forbidden to eat, if it's been fertilized. So my question is, how can you tell if an egg is fertilized or not? ...
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Are there restaurants that follow the rules of Acharam?

It's well-known that Judaism and Islam have complex dietary codes, known as Kosher and Halal respectively. But there's a subset of Hindus, specifically some South Indian Brahmins, who follow a ...
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Is there an effective way to make vegan “souffle” pancakes (an airy, fluffy batter)?

When I was vegetarian, I made small, light, fluffy, puffy pancakes. The batter consisted of spelt flour, ricotta, orange oil, honey and eggs. Crucially, the egg whites were beaten until stiff before ...
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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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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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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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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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Does eating or drinking too much soy cause men to develop breasts?

Years ago, I read a news article about a doctor and his male patient based in Texas which discussed the negative side effects of drinking too much soy milk. The patient developed 'man breasts' and was ...
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What do you call an almost vegetarian diet that includes honey and insects, but excludes milk and eggs?

I'm looking for the name of a non-lacto or ovo diet, but that includes honey and insects (as the title says). What would this version of vegetarianism be called? I'm looking for a name similar to ...
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What should someone who became a vegan do with their non-vegan possessions? [closed]

For example, someone decides to go vegan but already owns a leather jacket? What should they do with this jacket and any other non-vegan possessions?
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Does the production of down typically involve killing or hurting birds?

Down consists of bird feathers. In principle it could be sourced from feathers that birds have lost naturally, so it should not require to kill or hurt any animal. Are down feathers typically ...
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Does a “vegan leather” exist?

Since I still have leather shoes, and since I will certainly need new shoes later for my work days, does a "vegan leather" exist? As my work requires some presentation efforts, it would be great to ...
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Vegan substitute for down sleeping bags?

I've used both down and synthetic sleeping bags, and the synthetic sleeping bag that gets typically sold in regular outdoor stores tends to be heavier, more bulky, and comfortable in a (much) smaller ...
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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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Is it consistent with a vegan philosophy to buy and wear secondhand leather products? [closed]

The Vegan Society defines veganism as follows: Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals ...
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How to tell if a restaurant has vegan options? [closed]

Especially when I am planning with other people. I often need to find a meat-friendly place that is vegan-friendly for myself. I have some go-tos but want to ask for general strategies as well.
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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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Which foods at Indian restaurants tend to be vegan and how can I tell?

Indian restaurants often throw me off. Usually I must ask if the bread is not buttered but the bread is sometimes made with milk and sometimes not. I know some words, like "paneer," refer to dairy ...
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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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How can I make a pleasant vegan latte? Soy milk often curdles in heat

I love coffee, but I find that usually when I pour soy milk into my coffee, it separates or curdles in some way and becomes utterly vile. Do any other non-dairy milks or specific soy brands produce ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Do bivalves such as oysters feel pain or fear?

In moral arguments for veganism, the pain, stress, and fear experienced by animals is often given as an argument. I have read some arguments that vegetarians should be OK with eating oysters and ...
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Statistics for number of vegetarians in a given country?

Are there good, reliable statistics anywhere for percentages of vegetarians in particular countries? This would be particularly useful when considering 'vegetarian tourism'. I live in the UK, which I ...
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What is Tempeh?

I've seen tempeh in my vegan cookbook and hear that it comes from the soy plant. How does it vary from tofu if so? Is it something I can make at home or would I probably have to buy it?
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“Vegetarian Food” or “Vegetarian Alternatives”? [closed]

People use the method of, introducing Vegetarian or Vegan alternatives for Meat based food products, as a way of making a person enjoy his interested meat based food without having to kill an animal ...
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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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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 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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Is it true that giving up red meat would cut more carbon emissions than giving up my car?

I've heard it mentioned that removing red meat from my diet would cut more carbon emissions than giving up my car - is this true?
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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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Does vegetarianism impact life expectancy?

Does vegetarianism affect life expectancy? Is an average vegetarian supposed to live longer just because of their diet?
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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 it safe to feed children a vegetarian diet?

Can children grow normally on a vegetarian diet? Is it safe? Or are there any known risks?
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Is there such thing as a vegan pregnancy test?

Some pregnancy tests (as far as I know most/all) use animal antibodies, called monoclonal antibodies. These antibodies are grown/farmed from animals, often mice or rabbits. Because these pregnancy ...
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Can you achieve sufficient daily complete proteins as a vegan if you only eat grains, fruits, vegetables and other whole foods?

I.e. if you eat enough grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables, but not processed foods like tofu, seitan, mock meats, etc.
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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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Many plants need animals to grow (pollination, worms digging up the soil, etc.); when is it still vegan? [closed]

Many plants need animals to grow, for example, by relying on pollination or on worms digging up the soil. Usually, animals arrive naturally to perform those roles, but in some circumstances, people ...
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Is it healthy to be a vegetarian? [closed]

Considering the human evolution and the diet of our ancestors, are humans biologically able to become a vegeterian and remain healthy?
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What are the key differences between lacto-ovo and pesco vegetarians?

What are the main differences between lacto-ovo and pesco vegetarians? As non-vegetarian, these terms are confusing for me, and Wikipedia isn't clarifying the main differences between them.
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Does a vegan diet actually cause weight loss?

I've heard many places (just google the title of this question) that a vegan diet causes weight loss, usually in the context of trying to lose weight. Does a healthy vegan diet actually cause weight ...
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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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Do vegan diets contain enough calcium?

With lack of dairy products which comes from a cow, is it still possible to have enough calcium in your diet?

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