The Difference Between Veganism

and Plant-Based 

There is no difference between a vegan diet and a plant-based diet! However, because the term vegan has developed a poor reputation over the years, Rooterville has chosen to identify as plant-based.

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What is Veganism?

 

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as it possible and practicable—all forms of exploitations of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

What do Vegans eat?

 

Many people ask the common question: “What is a vegan diet?” or “What do vegans eat?” It may take some time to change your diet, but it will be fun to explore new foods and develop a routine. There are so many different options you can try, don’t forget to mix things up everyday!

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Becoming vegan and opposing cruelty can be as easy as substituting marinara for meat sauce, opting for bean burritos instead of chicken or beef tacos, and trying some of the many delicious and convenient vegan products that are available.

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Are Vegans Healthy?

 

Generally, research on human populations has shown that the higher a percentage of plant foods an individual eats, the lower their risk is for obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

 

While vegetarians and vegans have lower rates of many of the major chronic diseases caused by animal products, there are still some nutrients they should make sure they’re obtaining. You can find more specific amounts for different age groups at VeganHealth.org. The precise amounts aren’t important to reach each day but instead making sure you come close on most days is what’s important.

Veganism is Not Just About the Diet

Vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason many choose a vegan lifestyle. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately, there are affordable and easily-sources alternatives to just about everything in modern day.

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