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The Vegan Diet - What Is It & Who Is It Suitable For?

December 05, 2014

The Vegan Diet - What Is It & Who Is It Suitable For?

What is the vegan diet?

Vegans do not eat animal products, not only meat but also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances such as honey. All Clearspring foods are Vegan.

There are many reasons for going Vegan, from animal compassion, to concern for the environment, to good health. A common misconception however is that going Vegan is about sacrifice — the cutting out of things that you used to eat. In reality it opens up a new way of thinking about how you interact with the world. You immediately discover a whole new abundance of foods, shops and recipes to try.

Who is it suitable for? (And who- if there's anyone- can NOT do it?)

Anyone can follow a vegan diet as long as they make sure that they include all the food groups: plant proteins, good fats, whole grains and plenty of fresh fruit & vegetables In fact research has indicated a vegan diet tends to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E and iron and lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. However researchers have also suggested that vegans should eat B12-fortified foods (such as silken tofu and fortified breakfast cereals) or take vitamin supplements.

What are the best tips & rules for starting it?

Download our Vegan Essential Checklist for some great tips

There are two approaches to going vegan. You can either simply replace your current meat or dairy products with vegan alternatives such as tofu, soya or nut milks. For example if you have yoghurt and granola for breakfast simply substitute the yoghurt for a soya yoghurt or if you drink tea with milk you could replace the milk with a rice milk. Alternatively you could decide to completely change your diet by simply changing what you have for breakfast or decide to drink a completely different type of tea such as a green tea or ginger tea which does not require the addition of any kind of milk.

There are no right or wrong ways you simply need to try out different approaches and find the one that suits you best.





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