What is veganism all about?

In today’s day and age, we have seen so many different diet styles become normality within society. While some of them are simply crazes there are a few which are around to stay, and that includes Veganism. Veganism can be defined as “the practice of minimising harm to all animals, which requires abstention from animal products such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, lanolin, wool, fur, silk, suede, and leather.” According to the Vegan Society, “is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” Thus, a vegan will not only choose plant-based foods but will also avoid the use of any animal-derived products.

Many individuals are attracted to the vegan lifestyle because of its many benefits to the planet, physical health or even economic health. Check out this handy guide!

A nutritionally-balanced plant-based diet is, for most people, a very healthy choice. Research has shown that plant-based diets can be a low-risk option which leads to significant health improvements. These include a lowered body mass index, blood pressure, and even cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and heart issues while also increasing the years that you will live!

Many people are unaware of just how much their consumption of animal products such as meat and dairy can have on the health of the environment. Therefore, it is unsurprising that veganism has a number of environmental benefits including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and a major reduction in pollution of our waterways (both oceans and rivers).

Furthermore, some people might choose to become vegan because they are aware of the ethical concerns which surround the treatment of animals within the agricultural industry. If this is a concern for you, be sure to undertake some research!

As you are probably aware, animal diets are pretty expensive! And more often than not, cheaper ingredients forego the quality that you really want. The cost of animal-based products is overwhelmingly high relative to the cost of plant-based foods that offer similar nutrition, and as such,
being vegan can be hugely beneficial to your wallet!

Vegan Food

Vegan food is food that does not contain anything that comes from an animal. This includes egg, meat and milk. Ideally, vegan food is also produced in a cruelty-free manner with a minimal negative impact on the environment. Luckily, there is now a huge market for vegan alternatives, including faux meats, tofu, and egg replacements!

products). Vegans eat plant-based foods such as grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. While vegans have a wide variety of foods to choose from, the diet may seem very restrictive to those who are used to an omnivorous diet.

Barista Au Lait is vegan friendly!
At Barista Au Lait, we are passionate about creating an atmosphere which every single customer can enjoy. This includes serving food and drinks which are suitable for any diet. For example, we have a number of excellent milk alternatives such as soy and almond milk, so that vegans can enjoy their favourite creamy coffees in our beautiful cafe. Just ask one of our friendly staff if you have any questions about our menu and we will create a delicious vegan meals!

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