In our quest for New Year health, the majority of people sign up to a gym, pledge themselves to Dry Janurary (is it almost over yet?!), and some of the more hard core variety sign up to go Vegan.
There’s a little campaign going on at the moment – Veganuary! I’ve always thought it a bit too much like hard work to go Vegan, it’s not just what you eat, but what you wear as well, and hey, I love a good pair of leather shoes. We caught up with the chaps behind the campaign to help us dispell the going Vegan myths. Here is what they told us…
Don’t you need meat to be healthy?
Vegans and vegetarians typically have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of Type 2 diabetes, lower body mass indexes, a lower risk of death from heart disease, and lower overall cancer rates. Science and research confirms that you don’t need meat to be healthy at all, in fact statistics point to quite the opposite.
Vegan pantry essentials like pasta, rice, beans, lentils and ‘everyday’ vegetables tend to be much cheaper than meat. You’ll also save some money from not buying meat, fish and expensive pre-packaged meals and this is likely to cover the extra cost of buying plant milks, vegan cheeses the more exotic of vegetables and fruit.
Don’t vegans need to take supplements to be healthy?
No. The only supplement that vegans, and many non-vegans, are recommended to always take is Vitamin B12 (or regularly eat B12 fortified foods).
Don’t we need milk for strong bones?
This has been a much repeated marketing line of the dairy industry. It is perfectly possible to obtain sufficient calcium (and vitamin D) while being vegan.
Isn’t it impossible to be vegan as animal products are in everything?
It is impossible to be perfect in this imperfect world of ours.
In fact, The Vegan Society states that being vegan 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.
For the vast majority, being vegan is not a quest for personal purity, but a way of life that avoids unnecessary suffering and promotes compassion rather than cruelty.
So, if it takes your fancy, why not give it a go and let us know how you get on. For a tasty snack, try out Nākd bars – they are Vegan and rather tasty, actually (our toddler loves them too!)
Chris attended one of the leading edge environmental colleges in the US. He can be found out back with the veg - a simple chap who loves sport, music and good food.