What is Veganism?
The vegan diet was defined early in 1944, it was as late as 1949 before Leslie J Cross exposed that a definition of veganism was needed by the society. He suggested the principle of the freedom of animals from exploitation by man.
This is later made clear as to seek an end to the use of animals by man for diet, goods, work, hunting, and by all other uses involving misuse of animal life by man.
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and feasible, all kinds of exploitation of, and brutality to, animals for food, clothing or all other purpose. There may be some distinctions sometimes made between several categories of veganism.
Dietary vegans also called as strict vegetarians stop eating animal products, not only meat but also eggs, dairy products, and other animal-derived substances. And dietary vegans are often focused on the health features of whole foods, and, as such, may take in honey or clothing that contain animal products (for instance, leather or wool).
The term ethical vegan is more applied to those who do not only follow a vegan diet and oppose the use of animal products for any purpose. Another term, often used, is environmental veganism, which states the prevention of use of animal products.
As with all lifestyle choices, there are many different reasons as to why someone may choose to become vegan. Veganism is more than just a diet, it is a way of life and this little list will provide a little glimpse of the benefits:
1- Guilt-free living
A vegan or plant-based diet involves no consumption of animal or animal by-products, or use of animal products (such as fur and leather). For those who are conscious about where their food and clothing originates from and how it became the final product, a vegan lifestyle sheds off a lot of that guilt.
2- Lower risk of developing heart disease
Plant-based diets have been scientifically proved to lower your risk of developing heart disease, due to the lack and low intake of saturated fats and processed foods.
3- Greener for the planet
Meat production is the largest contributor to world methane emissions due to the sheer volume of cattle that are passed through the system. Methane is a much more potent gas compared to carbon dioxide and thus by following a plant-based diet, your methane footprint is lowered. Rainforest land is often also converted to cattle grazing areas or soy bean plantations for cattle feed. This means that less deforestation will be taking place on your behalf by leaving animal products off your plate.
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