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Answers To Some Common Questions About Veganism

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:41 am
by Scott
Answers To Some Common Questions About Veganism
by Scott Hughes

If you are a vegan, different people probably ask you the same general questions. If you are not a vegan, then you probably have some basic questions for vegans about veganism. In this article, I will answer some basic questions that vegans often get asked.

What do you eat? Vegans are defined by what they do not eat, not by what they do eat. Basically, vegans eat anything that does not contain animal products. Like vegetarians, we do not eat meat, but we also do not eat other animal products such as milk and eggs. Some general foods that we do eat include grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, beans, and any other non-animal products. And we can make countless dishes using countless recipes that use those foods as ingredients.

Why did you become a vegan? Obviously, each vegan has their own specific reasons for becoming vegan. However, the most common reasons include the environment, personal health, and empathy with animals. Concerning the environment, the production of animal products wastes resources such as land, energy and water because the farmer has to feed the livestock food that could have gone directly to humans. Many vegans also see their diet as healthier, namely because of the lower amounts of cholesterol, fat, and germs in non-animal products. And of course many vegans feel bad about slaughtering and mistreating animals, which they usually view as an inherent quality of farming livestock.

How do you get enough protein? Most natural foods have at least some protein, including most vegetables and grains. Nonetheless, some vegan foods have an especially high protein content, including beans and nuts, which by extension includes nut-based products such as peanut butter, soy milk, soy burgers, and so on and so forth.

Do you eat plants which are living creatures? Vegans eat many things that are alive; we just do not eat animals. Non-animal organisms are usually not considered sentient. People cannot empathize with plants. Vegans can and do empathize and sympathize with most animals.

Do you miss non-vegan foods such as meat, cheese, or ice cream? Overall, we obviously prefer to not eat animal products than to eat them. We may miss a specific pleasure we received from consuming animal products, but overall we believe the consequences outweigh the benefits. In other words, we get more total pleasure from not eating animal products than we get from eating them--otherwise we would choose to eat them.

I hope my answers to those questions prove to be helpful. If you are not a vegan, I hope you now understand veganism better, and I thank you for keeping an open mind. If you are a vegan, please share this article with people who ask you similar questions or who show an interest in veganism.

Whatever you do, good luck and have fun!

About the author: Scott Hughes maintains an internet-based vegan club. You can discuss veganism and animal rights at the Vegan Forums.

Please post comments on this article!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:17 pm
by zoolisa
Hi Scott,
Some good tips there on how to answer to non vegans.
My particular favourite question I always get is 'do you eat fish?' after I have clearly explained the No Animal Products thing. I have a vegan friend who gets quite angry with the questions, but I find responding in that way counterproductive. We are in a way ambassadors for our way of life, and for many people, we may be the first and only vegans they'll meet, so its important to set a good, positive impression so as to not alienate potential future vegans :)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:50 pm
by Scott
zoolisa, I also get the do you eat fish question a lot. I agree that we are ambassadors for our way of life. That's a good way to put it.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:35 am
by Azkary
I get the protein quetion quite often since I workout. And there's no better proof than my resistance at the gym. I workout much better now that I'm a vegan and when people ask me about my diet I end up giving them brochures about veganism and vegan recipes. Not all of them go vegan, but at least they know that have an option and some of them even reduce their meat intake considerably. I think that's a good way to "teach" people about veganism without being in their face with huge PETA signs.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:35 pm
by doushifehooft
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:44 pm
by casey001
My wife recently started taking vegetable protein. It does a great job keeping her energy level high. We have seen a few mentioned on direct mail flyers. I'm not sure what the brand is, but there are several if you go to your local vitamin store. Thanks for the post.

Re: Answers To Some Common Questions About Veganism

PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:13 pm
by Suzy Nathan
I want to be a vegan, but I feel addicted to cheese and butter, I last about a week on a plant base diet, but then I fall off the wagon. How long did take you to change your diet for good, and what helped you stay fateful?