what is vegan ?

What is veganism?
Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, such as refined white sugar and some wines. Most vegans also avoid the use of all products tested on animals, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, fur and wool.
Vegan refers to either a person who follows this way of eating, or to the diet itself.

Although there is some debate as to whether certain foods, such as honey, fit into a vegan diet, if you are cooking for other vegans, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid these foods.

What do vegans eat?
This is perhaps the most common question about veganism. A vegan diet includes all grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and fruits and the nearly infinite number of foods made by combining them. Many vegan versions of familiar foods are

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How can I become vegan?
So you’ve decided to become vegan. But now what? Some people easily go from eating meat to vegan right away, while others struggle with their new commitment, or choose to go vegetarian first and then slowly omit eggs and dairy. There's no right or wrong way to do it, but you may want to learn about what's worked for other people. However you do it, keep your goals in mind and remember why you are choosing to adopt a vegan diet.

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Just as long as I can eat my peanut butter, I am fine head banger drinking drinking
Never mind the what and the how.

Why would I want to give up a perfectly good diet for this cause??
vegan just for health .. and could help to stop global warming..
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Why is it good for your health....

and how will it stop global warming?
for helth u can open this link...

A United Nations report has identified the world’s rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs. The world’s 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

Unfortunately, the environmental community has focused its efforts almost exclusively on abating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is a serious miscalculation. CO2 emissions are not the main cause of observed atmospheric warming. It’s true that human activity produces vastly more CO2 than all other greenhouse gases put together. However, this does not mean it is responsible for most of the earth’s warming. Many other greenhouse gases trap heat far more powerfully than CO2, some of them tens of thousands of times more powerfully. Methane is another gas that warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide.

By far the most important non-CO2 greenhouse gas is methane, and the major source of methane worldwide is animal agriculture. Cattle wind and manure emit more than one third of emissions of methane.

With methane emissions, causing nearly half of the planet’s human-induced warming, methane reduction must be a priority. Animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year. The conclusion is simple: arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products. Simply by going vegetarian. By doing this we can eliminate one of the major sources of emissions of methane, the greenhouse gas responsible for almost half of the global warming impacting the planet today.

This is the first paragraph from that first link:

This article will address the subject of cancer rates in vegetarians. Very little data exists for vegans. The tables in this article are extracted from all studies that have looked at vegetarians and show the rates of cancer mortality (how many people died from the disease) or incidence (how many people contracted the disease). As you will see, most studies have not shown a difference between vegetarians and meat eaters regarding cancer

The second link wouldn't open for me but I assume it's to do with farting cows. How rude of them. roll eyes

Whether this is a sect or similar to religion trying to divide people and create hate,...(and words that i can't find at the moment).
I'm from Muslim background,love my steak with a glass of red wine or two,enjoy eating pork with my vegetables,...
Global warming ? I don't drive
am i too understand That people are blaming cow for the global warming?

it has nothing to do with the billions of cars releasing 100 million tons of carbon monoxide?

Or the milions of tons of oil ,man puts into the ocean?

Hundred million acres of forest cut every where?

Maybe the 5 tons of sour gas that got burned already this morning by most oil refinery!!.....

Want to point the finger of blame people point one at Ourselves!peace
all those on vegan diets, are far more prone to cancer, due to a lack of protein substances in the body, which are in red meat for example, something to ponder.
Please look at the 50,000 years of human history. NOT eating meat is unnatural.

It is not easy to adapt right away because you have to search out some ingredients, spend alot of time checking ingredients labels and trying out recipes but whether Vegan or Vegetarian it is fun! wave
PS Have you tried the food forum here? I know someone else who is Vegetarian interested in this topic too who may have commented there. Also the Vegetarian Times online is a good source.
Global Warming is not caused by humans being here. The climate would be changing anyway. Check out the book "Facts not Fear" by Michael Sanera and Jane S. Shaw. drinking drinking

As for maximum healthful longevity, to quote Dr. Joel Wallach "If you can find me a vegan who lived to be 100 years old, I'll give you a million bucks in any off shore account you want because I've never seen one" Wallach is known for his book "Dead Doctors don't Lie" in which he talks about human longevity and nutrition.
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Xinchen, whatever you eat, the end result is always the same, so why bother with this diet or that diet. sleep
Anyways Xinchen. I really couldn't care less what other people eat. I don't mind you promoting it either... but I've gotta say the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich I just devoured went down well. A nice glass of milk will top it off nicely.

My problem with the word "vegan" is it's association with another few words.... "animal activism" and ratbag, brainwashing organisations such as PETA kinda spring to mind.

Before we start culling cows, maybe we should start with that mob.beer
What is your view on foods gotten by exploiting and killing animals? Do you look for crops grown in fields not created via deforestation? How about field mice killed when grains are harvested?

Also, what is your view on products coming from animals which, over the years, have become nothing more than food producing organic machines? Cows who lactate non-stop and need to have the milk drained? Chickens laying more eggs that is needed for the furthering of their species?
You say the increasing number of cows is a cause of global warming. What crap. However,just in case that's right,you can find me doing my part to help the environment. I'll be eating all the cows I can.
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