Is Veganism or Vegetarianism Good For You? Vegan and Vegetarian Diet

Is Veganism Good For you?

As early as 1944, when the Vegan Society was founded in response to the broadening of the term vegetarian to include the eating of dairy products, people are slowly acknowledging that veganism is good for their health.


When people began to realized the importance of vegetable and fruits in their diet, they began to eliminate all forms of animal products in their food. . Books and some diet plans are marketed concentrating on veganism -- adiet which excludes all p[roducts from animals. Veganism to this day according to polls conducted is practiced by almost 0.2% and 1.3% of the United States population, and between 0.25% and 0.4% of the United Kingdom population.


Objectives of this article are:

  • To give a brief description about what exaclty “veganism” is
  • Discuss what is Veganism -- The Vegan Food Pyramid
  • History of veganism
  • Issues surrounding veganism
  • Necssary supplement to take

Vegetarian foods
Vegetarian foods

What is veganism?

Veganism or vegetarianism is a way of dieting incorporating ones lifestyle and diet choices -- to eat plant products. Vegans choose not to consume animal products of any kind, due to moral convictions pertaining to animal rights, welfare the environment, health and at times due to religious convictions. Vegan diet is a kind of vegetarianism.

The Vegan society defines veganism as :

  • a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

Vegetarian Diet

 What consists a Vegetarian Diet ?

  • Since it focuses on plans for food it consists of fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, seeds and nuts.

Vegetarian eating patterns:

  • The vegan diet, which excludes all meat and animal products
  • The lacto vegetarian diet, which includes plant foods plus dairy products
  • The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, which includes both dairy products and eggs

History of Veganism

  • In 1944 The Vegan Society was founded by Donald Watson and Elsie Shrigley to include dairy in vegan diet
  • In the US, the first Vegan Society was founded in 1948 by Dr. Catherine Nimmo and Rubin Abramowitz and was subsequently incorporated into the
  • In 1960 American Vegan Society was founded by Dinshah
  • The Movement For Compassionate Living was founded by former Vegan Society secretary Kathleen Jannaway In 1984 to promote sustainable living and self-sufficiency in addition to Veganism.
  • At present time, there are lots of vegan societies worldwide, including national societies in Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  • In 1993, the advocacy organization which would become The Vagn Outreach was founded by Matt Ball and Jack Norris in 1993
  • A present and every November 1 -- it is celebrated as “World vegan Day”

 

VEGAN Food Pyramid

My Pyramid Vegan Diet provided by the USDA
My Pyramid Vegan Diet provided by the USDA
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Issues About Veganism

1. Is a vegan diet sufficient for your health in general?

  • Vegan dieting according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) if properly planned are healthful and have been found to satisfy nutritional needs., however if it is poorly planned then it will be bad for the health as it will lack the other necessary nutrients. Vegans are recommended to plan their diet appropriately and take dietary supplements.Dietary Associations in the world supports this claim. However there is a caution among children and pregnant women

2. Other people contend that "Lots of other activities "may kill fewer animals" than are killed in the intensive crop production necessary to support vegetarian diets."

3, Is Vegan Diet cheaper?

  • An article in MSN by Scott Mccredie "Go Vegetarian to Save Money" attesting to the fact that it is cheaper if you go by the basic. The amount of money you spend on food will eventually be beneficial to you because of the health benefits it will provide. "Most of the staples of a vegetarian diet are cheap and in fact, most of the world's people eat a mostly vegetarian diet made up of inexpensive commodities such as beans, rice and corn, he said".

Where do you get protein supplement if you are a vegan?? ---
Where do you get protein supplement if you are a vegan?? ---

According to the USDA there are other nutrients to take as supplements for a "Vegan Diet"

  1. Protein -- "The sources of protein for vegetarians include beans, nuts, nut butters, peas, and soy products -- (tofu, tempeh, veggie burgers). Milk products and eggs are also good protein sources for lacto-ovo vegetarians".
  2. Iron --- functions primarily as a carrier of oxygen in the blood. "Iron sources for vegetarians include iron-fortified breakfast cereals, spinach, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, turnip greens, molasses, whole wheat breads, peas, and some dried fruits (dried apricots, prunes, raisins)--
  3. Calcium "for the vegetarians include fortified breakfast cereals, soy products (tofu, soy-based beverages), calcium-fortified orange juice, and some dark green leafy vegetables (collard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, mustard greens). Milk products are excellent calcium sources for lacto vegetarians"--
  4. Zinc is a necessary for many biochemical reactions and also helps the immune system function properly. Other sources of zinc for vegetarians include many types of beans (white beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas), zinc-fortified breakfast cereals, wheat germ, and pumpkin seeds. Milk products are a zinc source for lacto vegetarians.
  5. Vitamin B12 is also  found in animal products and some fortified foods. Sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians include milk products, eggs, and foods that have been fortified with vitamin B12 , include breakfast cereals, soy-based beverages, veggie burgers, and nutritional yeast.

Conclusion :: Summary

Veganism is a good form of a diet plan as approved by the different government agencies and societies for health, that being said, other necessary food supplements should be incorporated in the diet plan so that you can maximize the good health derived from a Vegan diet. It has been said that people who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they need but they must be careful to eat a wide variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs. Nutrients vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc and Vitamin B12 for an overall healthful Vegan diet.

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Another great and informative hub Maita.

i am concerned that the healthy more nutritious foods cost more and the poor may not be able to afford to eat healthily since they can probably purchase two less healthy items for the price of the one that is said to be healthier.

God bless you and thank you for sharing this hub.

Forever His,


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Oh give me a fruit smoothie any time! I am a meat eater, but this is a great primer for anyone keen on learning about Veganism, and healthy eating. Well done, moi friend! Great Hub! : )


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Maita - You are amazing with your research. Your hubs are so rich with information and very well written. I know vegans and vegetarians. I myself am not either as I still enjoy a few meats such as fish and chicken.

Great Job!

Sage


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Great Hub--actually I don't eat much meat and after reading this was considering wiping it out all together. I do love a good steak once and awhile though. I am getting there. ;)


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Nice job! Thank you for all this great information. I became a vegetarian almost 7 months ago now. I do not take any supplements, (I should) after reading your hub I more convinced that I do need a supplement, due to sometimes I dont always plan my meals well. (i.e. eating on the run.)


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rprcarz50 6 years ago

Good Idea to Hub about ! Very nicely done !

Thank you Again

Ron


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I'm glad you added the supplement part of this lifestyle. Nice hub.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Coming from cattle country I still like a good steak...all I eat is free range beef anyway...I buy it on the hoof and its all grassland...that and fish fresh from the river...veggies straight from the garden...

Great Hub as always Maita

Blessings


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Good article - Enjoyable reading very informative :)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Great information! I rarely eat meat but I do still enjoy a barbecued steak. I am lactose intolerant (can't even eat ice cream) :(...What sort of diet do you follow to stay so trim?


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You have done a great job here. Your hub contains so much information. Thank you very much.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi hello, thank you so much for your comment, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Tammy, oh I dont follow any sort of dieting, i guess it is in my genes, plus I keep on moving, cleaning etc, I think you are like me, slim forever, hmm, thats too bad you cant even eat ice cream hehe, Thanks dear, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi cool, thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Wow Quill you are so blessed you foods are all fresh, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Sandy, I think I need to add that as it is important, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ron, thank you again, I always appreciate you dropping by, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi adrienne, I think you need a supplement, dont rush dear, be prepared specially with food, I am happy you are a Vegan, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ghost, I am glad youre going there, Thank you beautiful, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Sage, I like chicken too and fish, I see to it that i eat veggies but I cant go without fish hehe, Thank you Sage, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi cheeky, moi friend, Thank yuo, Start eating veggie now, hehe. Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi RevLady, my Lady, thank you, youre always the first to read my hub, Thank you always, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub. No carnivores in the Garden of Eden!

Thanks very much Maita! Have a great day!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

yes Mick, thank you and Take care, Maita


AARON99 6 years ago

This hub is beautifully crafted. I enjoyed this hub while reading, so much. Take care.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Aaron, thnak you for the nice comment, Maita


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blpelton 6 years ago

Great hub Miata, Im a vegan! and this rocks!!! Keep up the good work girl! woohoo!

Bonnie


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi bl, thank you so much, Maita


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

As you rightly said Veganism is neither healthy nor natural, otherwise it wouldn't be necessary to take supplements. Human beings are born to be omnivore, we don't have neither three stomachs nor teeth like cows. I agree that a bit of everything is the best way to go.

Another good hub Maita, well expressed and with a balanced point of view. Thumbs up and up! :)


DAWG 6 years ago

GREAT ARTICLE PRETTY DARK HORSE....BUT I GOTTA ADMIT....ILL NEVER HAVE THE STRENGH TO GIVE UP MY BBQ'S OR FAST FOOD SLURGES....OR FRIED CHICKEN RUNS! LOL LOL.....(ONCE IN AWHILE)MOST MEN ARE MEAT LOVERS AN EATERS...BUT I TRULY BELIEVE IN WHAT MY GRAMMA USED TO SAY...."EAT A LIL BIT OF EVERYTHING...BUT NOT TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING" AN SHE LIVED TO 96....SO....SHE DID SUMTIN RIGHT...(SHE ATE ALL HER COLORS...(VEGGIES)....LIL MEAT...AN A PIECE OF CHOCOLATE FOR DESERT)....BUT GREAT ARTICLE MAAM....TY.... ;0)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub Maita, with a lot of details! I never knew there was a vegan pyramid interesting. I'm not a vegan and never will I become one, however I'm happy for those that are happy with that lifestyle. But, my body requires real protein from fish, or chicken. :)

I once read that a scientist predicted that in ancient times there were people that were meat-eaters and people that ate plants-only. I guess my heritage is from the meat-eaters side. LOL, have a great weekend my friend. :)


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate' Maita, I am primarily a meat and potatoes sort of man, and the redder the meat, especially beef, the better the flavour and the nutritional value for me personally. Give me a fresh leg of lamb,or a pork chop, or even some nicely seasoned seafood, or poultry any day of the week. I am not much into vegetables, especially anything green, but I do enjoy some vegetables.

When it comes to fruits, nuts, berries,melons,anything like that I love them to death.

My metabolism is such that my body tells me what it needs when it needs it and I give it.

I'd love to see a hub on the benefits of DARK CHOCOLATE, as I know for a fact that it happens to have more recouperative powers that people are aware of.

Hugs and Kisses, Your Kuya,

Dave.


dfelker 6 years ago

We struggle to just get the 5 a day of fruits and veggies into the kids. I really enjoyed your article and the balanced reporting, thumbs up!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi dfelker! thank for the nice comment, yes I understand it is difficult for children in general, challenging for us parents! Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Kuya Dave, I understand you, and I can hear you hehe, Blessings, I am not a dark chocolate person but who doesnt love chocolates? I think you give what your body wants hehe, HUGS Kuya, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Money I can never live on a vegan diet as well, I am half half, I eat lots of meat and fruits plus veggies as well! My ancestors are like that half half hehe, Thank you Money! Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey DAWG, dont call em MAM hehe, I so agree with your grandmom, oh wow, she lived up to 90 plus, You know what i eat a lot of meat as well, but I never gained weight, must be my metabolism. I am hyperactive at times, Thank yuo once again, Maita


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My sweet kaibigan...

Another winner here! This is interesting, particularly myself I would stay as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Although at this moment is being a little hard with my country´s conditions and all. I do not deny having eaten meats, but I do not die for them either. I am very fond of all types of beans, mushrooms, greens, roots and love green tea, oolong tea, and all of the Asian tea types, especially Japanese and Chinese.

Great hub! Salamat for sharing dear!

warmest regards and infinite blessings,

Al


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martycraigs 6 years ago

You lay out a lot of really great and useful information in this Hub. I'm but vegan, but I am vegetarian and have had a lot of experience with both diets (having lots of friends, speaking to nutritionists, reading, etc). Of course, there are ways to be a healthy vegan, but simply become vegan doesn't automatically make you healthy or unhealthy.


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DinnerMom 6 years ago from Central Florida

A very information article. I have referred it to several friends!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love the veggie burgers and sausage. Have you tried the soy crumbles? I wrote a hub about this product. They're great in soup, spaghetti, and chili!


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rizwan_isria 6 years ago from India

Great stuff maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thank you rizwan!Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

soy crumbles habee, no, I will go look in your hubs, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi dinner mom, thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi martycraig, yes, it is nice to differentiate vegetarianism form veganism, and yes youre right about being a vegan you need to be informed as well, thank you, thank you, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi mystique, i really appreciate you dropping by here agian, It is nice to see your comment again, Thank you,my kaibigan always, it is heartfelt always waking up and reading comments form you as well, Maita


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great Hub pdh, nevertheless I still like the idea of eating meat even in small portion for a week, well there are veggies that offer proteins and other nutrients just like that of the meat's. This is great alternative too, though...


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey GH, YEY, youre back and am glad! thank you!! Maita


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I truly believe that Veganism is the healthiest way to go. Because I love cheese and eggs so much, I think the lacto-ovo way will be the best I can do and still enjoy life. :D Thanks for an excellent Hub, Maita.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thank you SIR< lacto-ovo is the best way, agree, maita


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MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

a well written hub, I like my veggies , but I must admit I still need my meat....


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you MM< me too, I like veggies but I love meat, so I just try to moderate my eating of meat, Maita


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LRobbins 6 years ago from Germany

Very informative hub (as always :). I don't think I have the commitment to go vegan, but I feel so much better since I've considerably reduced my meat consumption.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi LRobbions, good to see you here, thank you, I am not totally vegan too, I still love meat, but I limit eating it, thank you, Maita


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

It is certainly a great life style choice to eat healthier. I eat more vegetables now than I used to, but that's the best I can do for now. You gave some great information and tips. I would also love to read another poem from you some time in the future.

Thanks Maita, I always enjoy your hubs.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Ah Maita, if only I had such access to a wealth of info that you have provided here, I may have stayed on our vegan diet. The vegan pyramid is excellent -- a perfect visual guide. Thank you for an informative hub Maita! xox :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Beth, thank you, I am so glad to see you here, whats cooking there, good day and all my HUGS, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi T, how are you, am glad you drop by again, Hows your weekend going, keep on eating veggies Truth, take care, Maita


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

great hub so much work you did here. Wonderful info, thank you, I can use some of it right now. ~aloha~


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks Sage


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rotl 5 years ago from Florida

Very informative and thorough, not to mention useful. Are you a vegan yourself?


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

Hi rotl, no but most of what I eat are veggies. My sister is a vegan. Thanks for reading, take care, Maita


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kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Great article! I have declined red meat for years and I eat very little chicken or turkey. I'm not a vegan - I enjoyed your bit of history on that subject. I know the plant based diet is the healthiest for the individual and the best for the environment. The meat industry is alsow a very dirty and inhumane industry. Gave you thumbs up!

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