In the culinary world, new food & diet trends pop up every now and then. One of such is Veganism; it is more of a philosophical lifestyle choice than just a diet which is here to stay. It is a thoughtful way of life where the consumption of anything that is of animal origin is avoided by choice.
When we say veganism as a lifestyle it is not just about the diet; a vegan is not supposed to use any animal based products even for clothing or any other purpose. People opt for veganism because of ethical reasons involving animal rights, environmental factors or health benefits.
When it comes to the subject of animal rights, prevention of animal exploitation is the key factor for vegans to choose veganism. Having an emotional attachment to animals also adds to this, but mostly they believe in the right to life and freedom for every sentient creature. As far as animal rights are concerned avoiding animal products in any way is the only solution to animal cruelty.
The adverse effect due to the consumption of animal products is not only limited to animal exploitation, but it affects the environment as well. The commercial production of animal products causes an adverse impact on the environment because of the farm to fork processes. The acres of land required growing the amount of crop feed for meat and dairy production adds to serious environmental issues such as deforestation and species extinction. On the other hand, for vegan diet the quantity of crops and water required is considerably less, making it an easy and effective way to reduce the harmful impact on the environment.
Apart from the above said reasons, nowadays, more people are turning to veganism for health benefits also. This plant-based diet is packed with all the essential vitamins, minerals, iron, protein and calcium helping you to have a flawless younger looking skin and boosted energy levels.
Vegan diet is usually low in saturated fat, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants which help you fight against the modern day health issues such as diabetes, heart disease cancer, and obesity. Going vegan is easier than ever before with its increased popularity which is making it quite mainstream now. It is not a difficult routine to follow even if you want to eat out once in a while as you will easily find vegan items on most of the menus.
As we are celebrating the whole of November as World Vegan month, I think here is the perfect time for people from all walks of life to experience a Vegan lifestyle at least for a few days to discover the benefits of living this way.