Why Honey is Not Vegan Friendly?

By on June 25, 2014
Why honey is not vegan friendly

If you have decided to start living a healthier lifestyle by totally changing your diet, then you have made a very good decision. Instead of merely eliminating the junk food from your diet and adding in some regular exercise, why not consider going vegan? This guide will help you learn as much about going vegan as possible, so you can make an informed decision regarding whether or not to choose a vegan lifestyle in order to be happier and healthier.

What exactly is “vegan?”
Living a vegan lifestyle consists of consuming a diet free of animal products. Many people are unable to differentiate between vegans and vegetarians. The difference is that vegetarians will sometimes consume eggs and dairy products. Vegans are much stricter and completely avoid both eggs and dairy products in addition to meat. Vegans even go one step further and avoid any products that have been derived from animals, like cosmetic products that have been tested on animals, and certain materials like leather, fur and more.

Why become vegan? What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to veganism. Eating a vegan diet lowers a person’s risk of numerous conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and many other potentially fatal conditions. The risk of these and other serious diseases are reduced because vegan diets drastically reduce cholesterol levels, because avoiding fatty dairy products and meats removes two of the major contributors to high cholesterol levels. Furthermore, vegan diets consist of higher amounts of fiber than the average regular diet. Fiber maintains the digestive tract and colon by promoting regularity and lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Where do vegans get their protein?
One doesn’t need to eat meat in order to meet their daily protein requirements. Vegans have a variety of high protein sources to choose from, including all types of beans (pinto, black beans, kidney beans, etc.), tofu, chickpeas, nuts, soy protein powder and whole grain pasta. Additionally, some people fail to realize that vegetables like spinach, potatoes, broccoli and brussel sprouts, among some others contain protein. So as long vegans plan their menus carefully, they can ensure that they’re consuming adequate amounts of protein on a regular basis.

Why is honey not vegan friendly?
Honey is not considered vegan because of the way it is processed. Since vegans are also animal advocates, consuming a product that is developed by a living being that is treated so cruelly is not acceptable. Beekeepers who trap bees in order to force them to produce honey are not friendly or gentle. They treat the bees very harshly and have no regard for any pain that they might experience. For real, true vegans, eating food produced under these circumstances is against vegan beliefs. Vegans who consume honey are not true vegans. Fortunately there are many other sweeteners that can be used instead of honey. Stevia, molasses, pure maple syrup, brown rice syrup and even evaporated cane juice, otherwise known as unprocessed sugar are some great alternatives.

So as you can see, going vegan has various health benefits. In addition to removing certain foods from the diet, vegans advocate for animals and refuse to wear or use any products that are made using animal skin or other animal material. A vegan diet consists of many delicious and healthy foods, and even if you dine out regularly, you shouldn’t have a problem finding delicious and healthy vegan food to eat. So if you’re ready to take the plunge and start living a healthier life without the addition of fatty dairy products and animal flesh, then it is pretty easy to get started. In the beginning, you might want to consider joining a support group, either online or in person, so veteran vegans can provide you with useful information and tips. This can make your transition much easier, as you will have the support of others who can attest to the importance as well as the benefits of vegan life.They can also help you realize that veganism is not merely a diet, but an entire lifestyle that you agree to commit to.

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