Veganism: What is it, what are the goals and benefits?

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Today, November 1st, is World Vegan Day . Around the world, the event is celebrated every year by vegans, who celebrate the benefits of the practice for humans and the environment .

Veganism is a lifestyle that seeks to eliminate all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty through food, consumption and various other everyday habits.

 

Understand a little more about the movement, its objectives and benefits and ask your questions about it. Read the content until the end and inform yourself! ??

What is Veganism?

People adept at veganism do not consume any type of product or service based on animal exploitation . This is because they understand that animals have the ability to consciously feel sensations and emotions , therefore, they have the right to life and deserve respect.

The word “vegan” first appears in 1944, and the best-known definition for the term is:

“A person who seeks to exclude, as far as possible, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals, including food, clothing or any other form of consumption, including cultural consumption .”

Currently, the movement has been growing and taking root around the world, bringing many more followers. In addition, the action made industries look for new ways to meet and adapt to this revolution .

 

What are the principles of veganism?

Anyone who believes veganism is just about food is wrong. A vegan person sees a much bigger picture, which is reflected in all of their actions.

Therefore, when deciding to become vegan, that person actually chooses a lifestyle . Compassion and a sense of equality with animals provoke the need to avoid any kind of animal exploitation , and this extends to consumption and other habits. See below:

Personal cares

Animal exploitation is very common in companies that produce beauty and personal care items. The practice has long been considered normal and acceptable, and many brands use active ingredients of animal origin and perform cruel tests on animals.

For years, protesters have confronted animal testing and abuse in the cosmetics industry.

Therefore, vegans exclude the use of products that do not contain the explicit release seal related to animal testing and choose to consume vegan brands.

Clothing

The fashion segment is marked by the use of leather, fur, feathers, silk, and many other products of animal origin. Therefore, vegans do not use anything that contains these fabrics and elements.

Entertainment

Another area that vegans avoid contributing funding is animal exploitation as a form of leisure or entertainment . That is, they are out of the routine of the vegan to attend places where animal welfare is in the background, such as zoos, rodeos, circuses and others.

Differences between vegan and vegetarian

In both movements, practitioners do not consume meat, but between the two movements there are several differences that are important to consider.

That is, vegetarians just choose not to include animal meat in their meals. However, there are ramifications within vegetarianism . See below:

  • Ovolactovegetarians  – exclude only meat from their diet, but continue to eat foods based on milk, eggs, honey and derivatives.
  • Ovovegetarian – this type of vegetarianism allows the consumption of eggs, but not dairy products.
  • Lacto vegetarians – are those who eliminate eggs from their diet and any product that includes eggs in the preparation, but continue to ingest milk and its derivatives.
  • Strict vegetarians  – they don’t eat anything that contains animal products like meat, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, etc.

Already in  veganism ,  there are different ramifications. People who opt for this diet avoid everything of animal origin , they bring ethics and respect for animals as a lifestyle, which goes far beyond the diet.

benefits of veganism

Adhering to veganism is a very difficult task for most people. This is a decision that will lead you to give up many common things in your routine . However, this lifestyle brings new combinations and options to your life that can bring many benefits. See what they are:

Health

When the food transition is done in an adequate and balanced way , meeting the needs of each one, the benefits are diverse.

A balanced and well-planned vegan diet provides large amounts of nutrients and vegetable protein, and contributes to the prevention of diseases such as:

  • Cancer;
  • Diabetes ;
  • Heart diseases;
  • Hypertension ;
  • Obesity.
Veganism can bring numerous health and environmental benefits.

Environment

Opposition to the exploitation of animals for consumption is one of the first steps towards reducing the negative environmental impact on the planet.

Agricultural activities have a strong negative impact, being one of the main responsible for environmental problems today. The deforestation of the Amazon, for example, is the result of the creation of pastures, the cultivation of animals and the planting of soy.

In addition, water consumption for the production of 1 kg of beef is more than 17,000 liters , not to mention the pollution of rivers and lakes due to the release of animal excrement.

 

How to become vegan?

It’s not such a simple task and it may take a while for you to get used to the new diet changes and develop your routine. But the important thing is not to give up !

Currently, we find a huge variety of ready-made vegan food options , such as:

  • frozen ready meals;
  • hamburgers;
  • sausages;
  • cheeses and butters;
  • snacks ;
  • chocolates ;
  • ice creams;
  • cookies ;
  • several brands of fortified plant milk and yogurts.

In addition, several clothing and cosmetics brands are investing in the production of items based on the vegan lifestyle.


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