- Why should I become vegan?
There is no one reason why you should become vegan—because there are so many good reasons! For most vegans, it is all about animal welfare and the environment. Vegan food is so tasty and nutritious, there is no need for anything to die for your food. Vegans also tend to be more environmentally aware, and do a lot of good for the environment. This kind lifestyle is also very healthy when done right!
- Isn’t being vegetarian good enough?
Vegetarianism is a great step in the right direction, but animals still suffer and die in the dairy and egg industries. The majority of vegans would actually agree that the dairy industry is far crueler than the meat industry. As a matter of fact, the dairy industry directly feeds into the meat industry.
Doing it for your health? Guess what? Eggs are more cholesterol than anything healthy, and dairy is cow’s breast milk, meant to feed calves—not nourish humans. And, there are a lot of hormones in dairy too.
PS: If you are wondering about backyard eggs and honey: they simply are not ours to take.
Where will I get my protein from?
From the same place that elephants, cows, deer, and other herbivores get their protein—plants! It is incredibly hard to develop a protein deficiency because plants are packed with protein. From lentils to beans, spinach to mushrooms—you can get it all. And it’s way healthier than meat proteins because plants are low fat, low cholesterol, and rich in vitamins and minerals.
- What’s the deal with palm oil?
Palm oil is technically vegan. There are no animal products or derivatives thereof, and it is plant-based. However, there are a growing number of vegans who refrain from consuming foods containing palm oil because the production of palm oil is destroying forests and endangering animals like the beautiful orangutan.
There is a variety of good vegan food out there.
- Will I meet all my nutritional requirements?
Absolutely! It just takes a little planning and knowledge to follow a vegan diet that will meet every nutritional need. As mentioned above, plants are packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, and all the other goodness we need. Even the infamous vitamin B12 is not a problem because it can be found in nutritional yeast, fortified plant milks and cereals, nutritional yeast, or shots.
See Part 2 of this article for more interesting information and advice!