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Vegans: Besides supplements, what can substitute for Calcium?

The RDA for Calcium is 900 mg for adults: what are some good calcium sources for vegans? I already know of: Tofu Please exclude: Any Calcium pills or supplements. Milk and any dairy products. ...
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Do I need a tofu press to make tofu?

I want to try some recipes with tofu, but I don't own a tofu press. Do I need to buy one before I can make tofu? Is there a way to press the tofu without a press?
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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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How can I approximate the flavour of butter in savoury dishes?

I used to make dishes like risotto, for example, with dairy butter. Is there a vegan way to approximate that rich flavour? It would be awesome if I could do this with simple ingredients rather than ...
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Can birds suffer?

Birds have a reputation of having rather simple brains. Sure, they can react to stimuli to avoid danger and survive, e.g. if I kick a chicken it will probably try to avoid me, but is this just ...
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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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Are there any famous world leaders (politics, religion) who are vegan/vegetarian?

Who are famous world leaders (politics, religion) who live on a vegan/vegetarian diet? (Define famous: presidents, vice presidents, religious heads)
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Are there vegan Omega 3 pills?

I am being treated for ADHD and BiPolar disorder. My doctor advises me to take Omega 3 supplements. For about 15 years I have been following vegetarian diet. I found being so I found myself having ...
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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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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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Are there studies that have determined the main reasons people stop being vegetarian?

I read a study that approximately 10% of people have been vegetarian, and only 2% are at any given time. It seems that vegetarianism has a low retention rate. Are there studies that try to determine ...
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What are the top causes of death for vegetarians?

For the entire population this is an easy statistic to look up and can be used to react to the risks of say, heart attack (common), versus ebola (rare). The hypothesis is that vegetarians are less ...
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Does a vegan diet expose us to a higher risk of fractures?

Because vegan diets exclude dairy products, many people might be afraid that this can lead to calcium deficiency and subsequently higher risk of fractures. Does this happen? What does scientific ...
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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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Why do people choose to follow a fruitarian diet?

Many vegans switch to, or sometimes try to follow, a fruitarian diet. Which are their reasons? Is this for health or for some ethical reason?
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Can vegan foods produce heterocyclic amines when cooked?

Heterocyclic amines are carcinogenic compounds that can be found in cooked meat. They seem to be produced by the high temperatures (e.g. roasting). Can heterocyclic amines also be found in cooked ...
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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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How can I tactfully ask someone not to repeat arguments against vegetarianism?

My bosses have known for a long time that I'm vegetarian, and I know that they aren't. I never bring up the subject of vegetarianism. But whenever we eat, they like to repeat hackneyed arguments ...
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Any studies linking vitamin B12, melatonin, and sleep

Is there a study out there that links vitamin B12 specifically with lowered or raised melatonin? And related to that, is there any relation to high amounts of B12, and lack of sleep or other sleep ...
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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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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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Are all German beers vegan by law?

As a longtime vegan, I'm used to looking up Barnivore. (Yay Barnivore! \o/) However, a (non-vegan) German friend of mine recently told me that all beers in Germany are vegan. When I pushed her on ...
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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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Is it safe to make mylk/milk from rice?

I live in the UK. At some point, I was taught that cooked rice that has been left for a while can cause illness. More recently I've become aware that many people make healthy fermented dishes from ...
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Is there a list of which UK E-Numbers aren't vegetarian or vegan?

I often see lots of E-Numbers in ingredient lists and I know some probably aren't vegetarian, and some definitely aren't vegan.. Especially as all ofthem seem to be made out of crushed up bugs! They ...
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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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Is a Range Cooker useful for vegan food?

My flatmate is vegan, and I don't really have any strong feelings that would compel me to insist on having animal products in the house, so I'm sort of tagging along. I'm now building a new kitchen, ...
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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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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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Is mushroom vegetarian or non-vegetarian?

Some vegetarians avoid eating mushrooms. Are mushrooms a non-vegetarian product? if so, what makes them non-vegetarian, and why do vegetarians avoid eating mushrooms?
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Are there any well known vegan athletes? [closed]

I was wondering if some athletes could manage to get the same performance or even experience a performance when not eating anything coming from an animal. Are there effective athletes relying only on ...
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Why don't humans use animals after they die naturally?

Humans use animals for eating, clothes, fashion, etc., all of which is obviously wrong. Why don't they eat them after they die naturally of old age? Why don't they use their fur, or skin after they ...
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Is Marmite (UK) vegan?

Just to clarify, I am from the UK and so I am talking about UK Marmite: As you can see from the pot, they say it's vegetarian, but it's yeast extract, so does that mean it's not vegan? Does yeast ...
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What are well known smoked cheese alternatives?

What alternatives are well known or can be purchased in local supermarkets which taste most similar to smoked cheese? Note: I'm living in the UK and shop weekly so I'm looking for alternatives I ...
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Is eating gelatin consistent with veganism on consequentialist grounds?

I consume (very) few animal products, mostly on ethical grounds, however, I have been wondering about gelatin, which may people shy away from. I am a consequentialist, I have no issue with the act 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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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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What can I swap for cream that's still “creamy”?

I have a lot of recipes that call for heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk. I'd really like to ditch the dairy -- but while I can swap soy, almond, or something else for plain milk, I have a much ...
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Does the DSM make any reference to veganism or vegetarianism?

The DSM is the standard manual used by psychiatrists for the diagnosis of mental disorders. Psychiatry has been subject to several criticisms1. For example the american sociologist Thomas Scheff ...
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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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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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Which contraceptives are vegan?

There exists a wide range of methods for contraception. Some are obvious vegan (e.g. NFP), while others clearly aren't (e.g. birth control pill containing lactose). Which contraceptives are vegan? (...
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Traces of non-vegan ingredients

On many products I often read through and find that all the ingredients are vegan, then there is a disclaimer following which says there may be traces of certain non-vegan items (most commonly egg or ...
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Is there a protocol to help vegetarians/vegan chose the right concentration for B12 supplements?

Following this question, I am wondering if there is a clear protocol/algorithm (I do not know the exact medical term) that a vegetarian/vegan can use to compute the recommended daily amount of B12 (...
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Should vitamin B12 supplement be taken at a specific time of day?

I heard that vitamin B12 absorption can vary based on time of day and the most recent mealtime, and also that acid-reflux drugs might interfere with B12 absorption. What is the optimal time of day to ...
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Vegan survival food

I am considering taking the Trans-Siberian railway. London to Moscow followed by Moscow to Beijing. I have made many long rail trips in the past so comfort, boredom, etc is not an issue. However, ...
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What are the positions of major health organisations on vegan diets?

Is there a consensus among national and international health organisations about the health effects of a vegan diet? If so, what are their positions? Are there any disagreements?
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How can I explain my decision to refuse to purchase or handle animal products for others?

I am sometimes asked to purchase, handle, or cook meat and other animal products for my family and friends. I want to refuse on ethical grounds, so how can I explain my position effectively? The ...
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Do vegetable saturated fats increase cholesterol?

Many studies have investigated the relation between the intake of saturated fats and the increase of cholesterol. Saturated fats are usually found in animal products, such as meat and dairy. We can ...
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What are some uses for soy 'whey'?

I was wondering what are some common uses for soy 'whey' (leftovers from the coagulation process when making tofu)? I usually use Calcium Chloride or lemon juice, for coagulation, if that makes a ...

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