What is Vegan?
Vegan (VEE-gun) is a lifestyle that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. This includes dairy (milk, butter, cheese, curds, cottage cheese a.k.a paneer, ghee), eggs, honey, any kind of meat, fish, honey among commonly found ingredients in foods we eat on a daily basis. Besides that it also includes gelatine, shellac, carmine, leather, silk, wool, lanolin, rennet, casein, beeswax, isinglass, etc.
Broadly, the three main reasons for following a vegan diet are for the benefit of health, the animals and the environment. Click here for a more detailed explanation.
Many people switch to a vegan diet to cleanse their systems and also to reverse diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Is a vegan cake any different from a cake with eggs and butter?
A vegan cake is no different from any other cake other than the fact that it has no cholesterol and is low in saturated fats. The texture, taste and feel is just like any other cake and it tastes even better when you know you’re biting into something that is quite literally, harmless!
What is the shelf life of such products?
Just as any non-vegan cake or bread, these products will last up to three days or more in the refrigerator. But it's always best if eaten fresh.
What is the difference between vegetarian and vegan?
A vegetarian diet includes milk and milk products (lacto-vegetarian) and may be even eggs (lacto-ovo-vegetarian) and excludes meat. A vegan diet excludes milk and its products, eggs, honey and meat.
But don't we need milk for strong bones?! What about Protein?
A lot of what we have been taught unconditionally over the years needs to be looked into and one such thing is our necessity of milk. Humans are the only animals who consume milk from other animal species. Studies have shown that the highest rates of osteoporosis are found in countries with the highest consumption of milk. Milk is also knows to increase the risk of cancers, diabetes and heart diseases.
Calcium is a mineral and just as cows get it from the ground, we humans can very well get it from vegetables especially green leafy vegetables that grow close to the ground. In fact sesame has more calcium than milk.
The protein myth has been embedded into our brains from very early on. The excess of protein from animal sources is what is causing most of our problems. Plants sources are sufficient enough to meet our daily requirements of protein.
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