Vegetarian + Vegan Issues

Published on September 29th, 2010 | by Melanie Kozlan


What do Vegans Eat? An A-Z Survival Guide

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Vegan diets tend to be viewed negatively or as a great mystery. This is  generally for one of two reasons:

1. They willingly don’t eat cheese.

2. Too many people temporarily go on fad ‘vegan’ diets consisting of gummy bears and french fries.

The first may be hard to believe, but the second is annoying in a multitude of ways. Obviously candy and junk food is not a sustainable diet and doesn’t have much to offer in regards to nutrition.

Worse: Candy is not vegan unless it is specifically vegan candy! Sugar (unless beet, or specified) is often processed using  animal bone marrow, and gelatin is made of concealed animal fats and skin. This means gummy bears aren’t even vegetarian, let alone vegan. Even Kosher gelatin is only made from fish instead of cows or pigs. Also be sure to avoid these surprisingly non-vegan ingredients: albumin, lactic acid and whey.

Going vegan has many fabulous benefits but can seem intimidating and sometimes impossible. Generally the hardest part is knowing what you can eat. The more vegan recipes you research the easier the transition will be.

The following is a go-to survival guide for anyone interested in trying a healthier, environmentally-sustainable diet.

Avocados. When you give up cheese, they will become your best friend and favourite condiment!

B12. Did you know that in addition to its other health benefits, this vitamin boosts your libido? You can find good sources of it in spirulina, cereals and milk alternatives.

Cerealsgrains, oats. Also try: Coconut water! It has more electrolytes than artificially flavoured sports drinks.

Dates, raisins and other dried fruits. They are the perfect snack for anyone on-the-go.

Egg-substitutes. You can use a banana or 2 tbs of mashed tofu. (Or 2 tbs cornstarch/ potato starch).

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About the Author

Melanie Kozlan is the Senior Content Director of Four Green world's largest Green marketplace! Four Green Steps offers an eco-alternative to virtually everything, as well as delicious tips for living green, vegan & vegetarian recipes and a free ecological curriculum used all over the world.

6 Responses to What do Vegans Eat? An A-Z Survival Guide

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  2. Martin says:

    Seems to be a problem with opening the next page?

  3. Gina says:

    This is a great list…thanks!

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