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Veganism is a moral position that opposes exploiting and otherwise harming nonhuman animals. This includes what we do directly, such as hunting or fishing. It also includes what we support as consumers, which affects many more animals. Nonhuman animals are routinely killed and made to suffer in farms and slaughterhouses. This happens because there is a demand for animal products,... Read more


The term lipids or “fats” is a large category that includes various fatty acids. Most vegetable oils are high in omega-6, and vegans and non-vegans alike tend to get plenty in their diets.1 In the following we will concentrate on omega-3 fatty acids, which are especially important for good health, and in which vegans and non-vegans alike can become deficient. Some studies... Read more


In order for animal products to be obtained, terrible harms must be inflicted upon a great number of animals. No one would accept suffering those harms to themselves in exchange for enjoying the benefit of using those products. For this reason, animal exploitation to obtain those products is an injustice, which we would completely reject if we acted in a just and impartial way, and... Read more


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is made up of over 100,000 nutrition professionals in the U.S. and abroad, has shown in numerous reports and position papers that an appropriately planned vegan diet is nutritionally adequate for all stages of life.1 This organization is probably the most well respected dietetic organization in the world, and their guidelines and... Read more


Choosing to live without using the products of animal exploitation is healthy and compatible with enjoying a wide variety of delicious foods. Replacing old foods with new may be simple, but transitioning vegans can encounter challenges as they begin trying to change their diets. With minimal practice, food selection and preparation become second nature, and many experienced vegans... Read more


Personalizing the transition to a vegan diet is an excellent way to ensure a pleasurable experience. For habitual consumers of animal products, satisfying dishes, both savory and sweet, can be created using the myriad plant-based meats, milks and cheeses found in markets around the world. Egg replacers, available commercially or made from pantry staples, function so well as to be... Read more


Although acceptance of vegan diets is growing more rapidly than ever, prevailing cultures worldwide can make change of any kind difficult for individuals. Social pressures around gender, cultural identity and food exert significant force to maintain the status quo. Consequently, the significance of community should never be underestimated for successfully transitioning to veganism.... Read more


Is it healthy to be vegan? Yes. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a well-planned vegan diet is nutritionally adequate and appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. Everyone should have a balanced diet to be healthy, not only vegans. In fact non-vegans... Read more


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other organizations of nutrition professionals have stated that an appropriately planned vegan diet is appropriate for people at all stages of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, and later in life, as well as for athletes. In the following sections we will look at the special nutritional needs of each of these groups, and we... Read more


Veganism means rejecting causing harm to animals. Nonhuman animals are harmed and killed in many ways by humans. Vegans want to act differently towards them. Veganism entails, for instance, choosing ways of entertainment that are not harmful to animals, thus excluding shows such as circuses with animals, rodeos, bullfights, etc. More generally, being vegan implies avoiding doing... Read more


What, in a nutshell, is the reason to go vegan? Suffering and dying is harmful to us. But it’s also harmful to other sentient animals. There’s no doubt today that they can feel and suffer. However, they are exploited in ways that cause them to suffer horribly. Huge numbers of animals are killed each year after living terrible lives because they are used to make products such... Read more


What about plants? Aren’t they sentient too? All the evidence leads us to conclude that they are not, as is explained here. They have no nervous systems or other structures that could perform similar functions in the bodies of sentient beings. Due to this, they can’t have experiences, so they can’t feel pain. This backs what we can observe, as plants are not beings with... Read more


Is being vegan the same as being antispeciesist? Rejecting speciesism means opposing all the ways nonhuman animals are discriminated against. Being vegan is very important, as it means ceasing to exploit nonhuman animals. It is, however, not the only thing we can do for nonhuman animals. Sometimes there are vegan people very committed to helping humans in need of aid but they... Read more


Most vitamins cannot be synthesized by the body in sufficient amounts, which means they must be ingested. Some vitamins, like A, D, E and K, are fat-soluble and are stored by the body so it is not necessary to consume them every day. Others, such as vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins, are water-soluble and must be replenished on a daily basis.   Vitamin A Among its... Read more


Proteins are large molecules formed by the union of several amino acids (name used to denote a certain type of smaller molecules).1 They play an essential role in our body as they are involved in all the biological processes that occur in our body. The main reason for this to happen is due to proteins, which are the main structural elements of cells and they act as biochemical... Read more


Iron Iron is needed to transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells. It’s also needed for proper immune system functioning and for brain processes. The required amount is 8 mg of iron for men and post-menopausal women, and 18 mg for pre-menopausal women. Some foods rich in iron are the following: Legumes, such as beans, lentils and peas (soaking them before cooking... Read more

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Why should we respect animals? Human beings are capable of experiencing suffering and feeling joy. That is why we can be harmed or benefited by the ways we are treated by others. This is something we are well aware of, so we do not accept it when anyone causes unjustified harm or takes advantage of us. Therefore, it seems wrong that someone would take advantage of anyone else.... Read more

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