Veganism is not the unhealthy and restrictive diet that we once thought it was. So in light of the upcoming World Vegan Day, here are ten important and interesting facts about veganism:
- World Vegan Day. The day was established by Louise Wallis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the The Vegan Society.
- The vegan diet is super cheap. Veggies, rice, pasta and beans (staples of a vegan diet) are normally the cheapest foods available.
- Vegan food is delicious. Vegan restaurants are becoming a more common sight (we even have 2 in the tiny town of Dénia!) as well as vegan food being the biggest trend in tech for 2016.
- Vegans help save water. It takes on average 1,800 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. In comparison, it takes 147 gallons of water to produce one pound of corn.
- Best way to fight global warming – be vegan! Factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. If you’re an environmentalist then please consider being vegan if you haven’t made the transition already.
- Billions of animals are killed every year for food. There are over 70,000,000,000 animals killed per year for food. Factory farming is the main cause of this statistic. Unfortunately factory farms are now moving into both China and India, so 70 billion will increase if people don’t become vegan. Whereas vegans save 198 animals per year by not eating meat, eggs and dairy.
- Vegans don’t eat honey. To know why, here’s a link. Fortunately for vegans, there are lots of great substitutes for honey like Agave Nectar and Maple Syrup.
- We don’t need cow’s milk for calcium. Not only does fortified soy milk provide the same amount of calcium as cow’s milk (without the animal suffering) leafy greens and FORTIFIED ORANGE JUICE(!) are also great sources of calcium.
- More people are becoming vegan. In 2016 it was reported that there were over 542,000 vegans in Britain – that’s over 300% since 2006!
- There are lots of famous vegans. Famous vegans include Ellen DeGeneres, Al Gore, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, Ted Danson, Jason Gillespie and Woody Harrelson. There are too many to name so if you would like a long (but unfinished) list, please click here.
Getting back to World Vegan Day…
Vegans celebrate World Vegan Day by coming together, cooking food and promoting veganism. This will be my first time celebrating World Vegan Day, so I’m getting quite excited in the lead up. I wanted to share this excitement with the people around me. Then I realised…
What if we could all celebrate World Vegan Day together?! After asking around, I realised that people were more than happy to commit to being vegan (or vegetarian) for the day.
This post is devoted to all the lovely family and friends that have committed to celebrating World Vegan Day with me this year. An extra big thank you goes to the kiddies that are also taking part!
To the amazing people that have signed up for World Vegan Day: If you’d like any tips on what to cook, here are some of my favourite recipes:
- Crispy gnocchi with mushroom, asparagus and brussell sprouts
- Vegan fried rice
- Pineapple fried quinoa bowl (without tofu)
If you don’t have so much time spare to cook then remember jacket potatos, pasta and rice dishes are all great for quick and healthy vegan meals.
Thanks to all my special family and friends for the support they have shown me by taking on this commitment. Please remember to send me lots of lovely photos of your food for a follow up post in two weeks time. 😀