Veganism isn’t a new concept, but it’s been receiving more and more attention lately. 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 for food, clothing or any other purpose.
Some ask, what is a Vegan? What do Vegans Eat? Why do people choose to eat this way? Let’s talk about it…
November 1st is World Vegan Day, a celebration of people who don’t eat meat. The animal-free holiday began in 1994, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society. Donald Watson coined the term vegan in 1944 when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England. At first, he used it to mean, “non-dairy vegetarian,” but from 1951 the Society defined it as “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals. Interest in veganism increased in 2010’s especially in the latter half. More vegan stores opened and vegan options became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries.
What is a Vegan?
Vegans do not eat animal products, including honey, eggs, gelatin or dairy. They will NOT use clothes, soaps, or other products that are animal-sourced in any way. A vegan diet can be a highly nutritious choice, as it is low in saturated fat and rich in nutrients. However, starting out on an animal-free diet without proper planning can lead to some health risks (please do your research.) All protein, vitamins, and minerals must come from non-animal sources, so food choices and preparation are important.
Why people decide to eat like a Vegan?
Some choose veganism for its potential health effects. For example, some vegans are interested in how plant-based diets may reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes or cancer. Others choose veganism to avoid the side effects linked to the antibiotics and hormones used in modern animal farming.
Another decision is for ethical reasons. Ethical vegans strongly believe that all creatures have the right to life and freedom. Therefore, they oppose ending a conscious being’s life simply to consume its flesh, drink its milk or wear its skin, especially because alternatives are available. Vegans speaks openly against farming industry practices, such as the grinding of live male chicks by the egg industry or the force-feeding of ducks and geese for the foie gras industry.
Different type of Veganism
Dietary: Plant-based eaters, who choose to avoid animal products in their diet but continue to use them in other products, such as clothing and cosmetics.
Whole-Food: who favor a diet rich in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Junk-Vegan: rely heavily on processed vegan food, such as meats, fries, vegan frozen dinners and vegan desserts, such as Oreo Cookies and non dairy ice cream.
Raw-Vegans: consume raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds
Low-Fat, Raw-Food Vegans: Also known as fruitarians, this subset of raw vegans, limit high-fat foods, such as nuts, avocados, and coconuts and relies mainly on fruit. Sometimes other plants are also eaten in smaller amounts.
So, to all our Vegan Friends, holidays are approaching, bring your friends, family, & loved ones here at Limón Y Sal, in Downtown Ventura. We have a Vegan Menu just for you! Lots of delicious items for you to enjoy from salads, to vegan queso and our Limón Y Sal Fajitas!