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It’s Vegan-uary! Veganism In A Nutshell

You’d think pork is in since it will be the year of the pig. Ironically, major news outlets in the US —the likes of Forbes and The Economist— claim that 2019 would be “the year veganism goes mainstream.”

Here in our country, veganism continues to grow as a lifestyle movement amid challenges and claims that the Philippines is one of the worst places to be vegan. One dissension is how Filipino cuisine is mostly meat-based, and the assumption that the diet is only for the rich, given that plant-based and gourmet alternatives are costlier.

Vegan began…

Donald Watson, creator of the term vegan. Photo courtesy of Joe Connolly.

The term was coined in 1944, when Donald Watson co-founded the Vegan Society in England. Initially, the word meant “non-dairy vegetarian,” but in 1951 the organization changed its definition to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.”

2019 is the year of the vegans

Statistically speaking, a fourth of the whole American populace aged 25 to 34 identify as vegetarian or vegan, with Gen Z members embracing the lifestyle like no other generation has. This is reflected in the rise of vegan food sales from January to June 2018, and to big businesses and meat producers investing to meat alternatives and plant-based products.

A study made by the Plant Based Foods Association reveals that overall plant-based food sales from meat, dairy, and egg alternatives, rose to 20% in the course of the previous year to more than $3.3 billion. The number of vegans are conversely increasing with companies that support them.

Why go vegan according to PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) believe that veganism not only provides the chance to eat and live healthy, but generally makes the world a kinder place. They shared the benefits of abstaining from the use of animal products, pointing out how it’s the best way to save animals and the planet. It helps in slimming down and energizing a person’s body, and that it apparently feeds more people… We’ll leave it to you on what to make of the article.

The in-depth science of veganism

Other people think veganism is crazy, yet science proves that a diet completely devoid of steaks, eggs, cheese, and ice cream, help prevent and counter many chronic health conditions plaguing America, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Plant-based diets also prevent cancer, autoimmune diseases, and arthritis. Aside from lessening the intake of processed foods, carcinogens, and empty calories, the diet also increases fiber intake, gives off antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients, builds the immune system, improves metabolism and even gastrointestinal health.

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