Veganism can be considerably healthier than a normal diet. In 1996, the American Dietetic Association concluded that a Vegan lifestyle may significantly reduce risk of heart disease, colon and lung cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, and obesity.
This new way of life evolved from the same concept behind vegetarianism. Vegans choose to stay away from any animal product including meat, eggs, milk, leather, fur, and cosmetics tested on animals.
Although it may seem very restricting, transitioning to the vegan lifestyle is easier than most people think. Much of the food we consume each day is already vegan. Salads, smoothies, bagels, PB&Js, and oatmeal made with soymilk are all examples of vegan-friendly foods that are probably already in your pantry. At the grocery store, try to look for products labeled with the Certified Vegan logo. These are sure to not contain any animal products or byproducts tested on animals.
In order to get the right amount of protein, make sure you get at least one serving of beans or peanuts combined with a grain. Calcium can be found in fortified orange juice, broccoli, and tofu. You will also need to take vitamin B12 supplements.
As mentioned above, vegans also avoid product made with animals such as leather and fur clothing. To avoiding leather and other animal skins, try synthetics.
Cosmetics can be more challenging to switch. Urban Decay, MAC, and Tarte offer vegan makeup and Aveda offers high-quality synthetic makeup brushes. Look for cosmetic products that don’t list beeswax, lanoline, elastin, silk derivatives, or propolis as one of their ingredients. Go for packages that state “not tested on animals,” or “against animal cruelty.”