A vegan is a subject that does not ingest food products of animal origin . Like the vegetarians vegans they don't eat meat of any kind (pork, cow, lamb, fish, chicken, etc.) but, unlike the Ovolacteovegetarians, neither do they consume eggs, dairy or honey .
Veganism, therefore, is part of vegetarianism, which is a broader set. A person that does not eat meat but that does consume cheese, to name a possibility, is vegetarian but not vegan. Instead, all vegans are vegetarians.
It is interesting to know that the term veganism dates from the decade of the 40s. And it was in 1944 when the British Donald Watson coined it, who also proceeded to found the Vegan Society. This is a man who made the aforementioned veganism his philosophy of life from an early age, when he decided that he was not going to take anything that had animal origin, since he had been raised on a farm.
There are many approaches or reasons that can lead a person to become a vegan. Specifically, you can do it because you have health problems such as allergies to certain foods; for an ethical issue, not wanting animals to suffer for anything in the world; and even for environmental reasons. With the latter, we refer to adopting this position because it considers that eating animals can lead, due to different circumstances, to causing serious damage to nature.
It is important to note that, to become a vegan, it is convenient to have the advice of a nutritionist so that the diet includes all the vitamins and minerals necessary to stay healthy. With good planning, a vegan diet can be rich in vitamins C, D and E, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. In fact, there are those who argue that veganism helps reduce the risk of suffering certain diseases .
Among the foods that have more prominence in the diet of vegans we find the following: legumes, nuts, cereals, tofu, soy milk ...
When it comes to being able to carry out a vegan diet without endangering health, a series of guidelines that must be followed such as these are established:
• The omega 3 organism must be provided through the consumption of flax seeds.
• The products that should be a priority are fruits, vegetables and legumes.
• You have to feed in a varied way.
• It is important to bet on ingesting a nutritional supplement of vitamin B12.
There are vegans who not only refrain from the intake of products derived from animals: they also reject the use of any object or article that derives from the exploitation of an animal . In this way, they condemn bullfights, do not use leather clothes or use aesthetic products that contain substances from animals .
Vegans, in general, also reject that animals are used for scientific experiments or tests of laboratory . Beyond food, veganism can become a life philosophy which is based on ethical criteria.
Vegan, in another sense, is the individual from The Vega (a Province of the Dominican Republic ).