The Vegan Trap

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What is vegan? This is a complex question with many answers depending on who you’re asking. But basically it means someone who choses to neither consume or use animal products. Some obvious examples of animal products include dairy, meat, eggs, leather and lard, some less commonly thought of items are gelatin, whey, honey, feathers, wool, silk, etc and all are excluded from the lifestyle of a strict vegan.

While there are many reasons for adopting a vegan lifestyle (ethical, dietary or environmental), in recent years the mainstream vegan mentality has shifted toward health. While less meat and dairy in your diet contributes better personal and environmental welfare the vegan trap can be a tricky one. With marketers cluing in and using the term as a catchall for supposedly “healthy” and “responsible” choices, products containing refined sugar and flour, soy and processed foods labeled as vegan and are definitely not good for you.

I totally suport the odd dietary splurge, but allowing yourself to be convinced that vegan fries and an unburger on white bread will help you reach your health goals is crazy. Be aware, you can’t always judge a product by it’s packaging… in fact it’s probably better if it doesn’t have package at all.

That’s my rant for today.

The Vegan Trap

2 thoughts on “The Vegan Trap

  1. I’ve stopped telling people that I’m a vegan. I tell people that I follow a vegan diet. There are too many sociopolitical traps in calling myself a vegan that I choose not to get into. The “holier than thou” attitude and vitriolic actions of some have soured it for the rest of us that avoid the consumption of animal products for health and ethical reasons. I, for one, care little of what others consume. My conscience is clear. Added to which, as you well know I am not suffering in the food department at all. ;-)

  2. lasimone says:

    I’ve stopped telling people that I\’m a vegan. I tell people that I follow a vegan diet. There are too many sociopolitical traps in calling myself a vegan that I choose not to get into. The \”holier than thou\” attitude and vitriolic actions of some have soured it for the rest of us that avoid the consumption of animal products for health and ethical reasons. I, for one, care little of what others consume. My conscience is clear. Added to which, as you well know I am not suffering in the food department at all. ;-)

    – Simmah

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