The term vegan was chosen by combining the first and last letters of the word vegetarian. Veganism was originally defined as “the principle of emancipation of animals from exploitation by man.”
The term “vegan” was coined in 1944 by a small group of vegetarians who broke away from the Leicester Vegetarian Society to form the Vegan Society. In 1979, the Vegan Society became a registered charity and updated that definition. Therefore, they felt the need to form a society that better represented their views.
For Ethical Reasons
Ethical vegans strongly believe that all creatures have the right to life and freedom. Therefore, they oppose ending a conscious being’s life simply to consume its flesh, drink its milk or wear its skin, especially because alternatives are available.
For Health Problems
Some choose veganism for its potential health effects. For example, some vegans are interested in how plant-based diets may reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer or premature death.
For the Environment
People may also choose to avoid meat and other animal products because of the environmental impact of animal agriculture.
Several types of vegans exist. The most common types are:
- Dietary vegans: This term is often used interchangeably with “plant-based eaters” and refers to those who choose to avoid animal products in their diet but continue to use them in other products, such as clothing and cosmetics.
- Whole-food vegans: Vegans who favor a diet rich in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- Junk-food vegans: Vegans who rely heavily on processed vegan food, such as vegan meats, fries, vegan frozen dinners and vegan desserts, such as Oreo cookies and non-dairy ice cream.
- Raw-food vegans: Vegans who consume raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as foods cooked at temperatures below 118°F (48°C).
- Low-fat, raw-food vegans: Also known as fruitarians, this subset of raw vegans limits high-fat foods, such as nuts, avocados and coconuts and relies mainly on fruit. Sometimes other plants are also eaten in smaller amounts.
The intention of Dr. Hemangi Weightloss Center is to help people make more plant powered, compassionate choices. We know the challenges that arise when shifting an entire lifestyle, so we wanted a place where you could come to find guidance, recipes, tips and inspiration to help you make these changes and to help make the choices easier for you.Our purpose is to help people live more compassionate, healthier and sustainable lives through the power of making vegan choices.
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