Understanding Veganism

1. Veganism is a complete lifestyle and is not limited to only the diet.
2. It rejects any kind of torture to animals and adopts an attitude of true compassion towards them.
3. Vegans are different from vegetarians in that vegetarians are open to the consumption of animal products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, eggs etc., while vegans reject them including honey, cosmetics or medicines tested on animals.
4. It promotes good health as the risk of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, cancers, osteoporosis is greatly reduced.
5. Vegan foods for normal daily consumption are easily accessible though occasional requirements such as vegan cakes, chocolates, ice creams may have to be sourced initially.
6. Plant-based diet provides all the nutrition required for a healthy body in adequate quantities except for B12 & Vitamin D (which applies to people with a predominantly indoor lifestyle.)
7. Vegans need to monitor their B12 and vit D3 levels regularly and take supplements if required under medical supervision.
8. Veganism makes a person more humane and brings about an eco-awareness.
9. Healthy vegan food choices makes the vegan lifestyle more cost-effective as the system is less disposed to disease when compared with vegetarian and non-vegetarians diets.

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