The vegan diet explained
Diseases in animals suchas Bird Flu, BSE andSalmonella, which canaffect humans, have causedsome people to cut out meatand other animal products.Some people, especiallychildren, are intolerantor allergic to cows’ milkor egg products.RELIGIONSome religions, such asBuddhism, Hinduism andRastafarianism, stronglyadvocate a diet that cuts outmeat and sometimes eggs.Others state that certain ani-mals should not be eaten.ANIMALSMany people choose vegan foodbecause of the cruelty involvedin the production of food of animal origin.ENVIRONMENTA vegan diet helpsto ensure that anindividual’s impacton the planet isminimized.HEALTHA well-balanced wholefood vegandiet is up there with the healthi-est of diets. It is low in saturatedfats which can be detrimental to
health, and high in bre, vitamins
What is a vegan?
Vegans do not eat any animalproducts, for example:
no meat, sh nor other pro-
ducts that come directly fromkilling an animal, such as ani-mal fats and gelatine;
no dairy products such ascows’ milk, butter, cheese andyoghurt, nor goats’ milk;
no eggs nor foods containingeggs such as Quorn;
no honey.Around 300,000 people in theUK are vegan. Millions morehave chosen to cut down onanimal products and wouldwelcome a vegan choice.
Why do people choose vegan food?
ECONOMICSVegan mealsprepared withbasic ingredientscan be very cheap.