Vegan diet is above all a way of life. In addition to meat, milk and eggs are also forbidden.
By the term vegan means a stricter form of vegetarianism; While vegetarians give only to the consumption of meat and fish, vegan diet goes so far as to reject all other animal products. These include not only food, such as eggs, milk and various dairy products and animal products from other areas of life. Vegans take for example any clothes, leather, fur, wool or silk. Often the veganism is viewed as a logical conclusion from vegetarianism, for the waiver of eating meat is the first finding, which inevitably leads to the fact that you reject all other animal products.
What to eat vegan?
Vegan diet consists only of plant products. So there is for most animal foods herbal substitutes: Meat alternatives might include tofu or soy, also suited the oyster mushroom, because of the veal-like flavor, very well as a substitute for meat. Milk can for example be replaced by cereal with soy milk, rice, coconut milk and other species.
Veganism – more than just a diet
As already indicated, veganism is more than just a form of nutrition: Behind it are complex philosophies. Veganism is a conscious decision against the killing of animals for food purposes and for the benefit of the people in general. For some it is the view of animals as equal human beings, killing them is an equally immoral act, like killing a human being, for others it is an expression of protest against factory farming and slaughter on a grand scale. Vegans often refer to the fact that the man with the rich food supply today, not dependent on the flesh is. Man would, according to the anatomy, anyway rather herbivores. Another argument of many vegans is the elimination of world hunger: Should not the bait-feeding livestock, could be removed by using the resources thus saved the world hunger.
Forms of veganism
Similar designs also represent the Freeganisten: the negative impact on the environment of individuals try to keep as low as possible, by refusing to participate in the capitalist economy, because this is for them, among other things connected with farming and animal testing. Boycotting this lifestyle by trying to feed largely free to meatless and from the waste of other people. Another form of veganism is the so-called Fruitarismus. This refers to a diet that is based only on products that you get from plants, without having to uproot and kill them. This means that only the fruit of the plant feeds, thus fallen fruit, grains and nuts. The intention is to deprive the plant no nutrients and not to disturb their ecological cycle.
Health aspects of vegan lifestyle
Health risks does a balanced vegan diet can not in principle. Deficiency symptoms occur in vegans to not more frequent than in humans, feeding on mixed diet. Nevertheless, the German Society for Nutrition does not recommend due to the reduced storability of iron and lower calcium intake of vegetarian food from principle.