In recent years, veganism has really hit it off. Find out more about the vegan lifestyle, and what makes this a “trend” that’s here to stay!
Our current world is scary - climate change, mass extinction, political problems… the list goes on. That said, all is not lost, as the world’s population is clubbing together, in many ways, to solve these problems.
A vegan lifestyle is one of the top ways that many individuals are choosing to help our world. With sustainability being our monthly Leisure F&B Expo theme, we want to help these individuals join the force, by giving hospitality and leisure companies the tools to provide vegan choices!
At our show, find out how sustainable food ideas could help improve your environmental footprint, by getting your FREE ticket. Discover more about veganism, here, to clue yourselves up on the biggest food trend of the decade...
What is Veganism?
Veganism is a way of life, which aims to avoid animal cruelty at all costs. The food industry is one of the biggest sectors for this cruelty, as well as the fashion and beauty industries, and vegans steer clear from exploitative products like these.
In the food industry alone, veganism has sky-rocketed in recent years. In fact, in 2017, the UK saw a 987 percent increase in demand for meat-free food, demonstrating the importance of this trend.
Vegans tend to turn towards this sort of lifestyle for a number of reasons. These include:
- Concerns over animal welfare.
- Environmental consciousness.
- For health reasons.
Vegan vs Vegetarian: What’s the Difference?
Vegetarians steer away from meat products, including beef, chicken, pork, fish, and the like. Vegan people do the same as vegetarians, but also choose not to consume any products produced by an animal. This includes all dairy products, like cheese, milk, and eggs.
What is Vegan Food?
Many people who aren’t well-versed in veganism may be surprised to hear that it’s not just boring green salads. In actual fact, a vegan diet can be varied, vibrant, and satisfying! Some vegan foods include:
- Coconut, almond, or soya milk and yoghurt, amongst others.
- Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and other pulses.
- Meat alternatives, like tofu, Quorn, tempeh, vegetarian sausages and burgers, and more.
- Cheese alternatives, and nutritional yeast, which gives a cheesy taste.
- All fruit and vegetables.
- Nuts, whole-grains, rice, rice noodles, and cereals.
- Some breads and pastas, namely those that don’t include milk or eggs.
- Vegan chocolate, and sweets without gelatine.
As you can see, veganism offers a varied and full diet and, if done properly, can offer an array of benefits.
Problems of Eating Meat
The question you’re probably asking yourself is, “why is veganism increasing?”. Well, amongst other things, the meat industry is one of the biggest problems our Earth faces:
- Animal agriculture and livestock produces 18 percent of greenhouse gases, and 65 percent of nitrous-oxide emissions (PETA data).
- Meat consumption is one of the leading causes of species extinction.
- Animal products use up 27 percent of the Earth’s water.
- Livestock feed uses up one third of agricultural crops - crops which could otherwise be used for human consumption.
These are just some of the many problems that the meat industry has on our world, and veganism is said to be the biggest way that individuals can help. By collectively reducing our meat intake, limiting the effects of climate change could become possible.
Veganism Pros and Cons
We won’t deny that veganism does have its drawbacks. That said, it’s clear that these drawbacks are completely outweighed by the benefits, making this one of the most positive movements ever. Take a look...
- Veganism is a restrictive and radical change, so can be difficult to keep up.
- Some people can’t achieve a balanced diet through veganism, if they don’t eat responsibly.
- Vegans could develop B-12, iron, and omega-3 deficiency, as these vitamins are mainly found in meat products.
- This can be an expensive lifestyle, as meat alternatives tend to be dearer than actual meat.
- Eating beans and pulses, instead of meat, can cause physical discomfort.
- A vegan diet promotes weight loss, and is a viable method to help tackle our growing obesity problems.
- A vegan diet is low in saturated fats, which makes it great for reducing health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acne.
- It’s possible to restore lost vitamins through cereals and plant milk, as well as dietary supplements.
- Veganism is much more environmentally sustainable than other diets. In fact, vegans produce 50 percent less CO2 than the average meat-eater.
Join the Vegan Revolution
For vegans, eating out can be tough, making this one of the biggest drawbacks of veganism. This is what the Leisure F&B Expo is all about; helping hospitality and leisure companies to increase their vegan offerings to help these individuals succeed.
Get your FREE tickets to the show to see what sorts of vegan options you could add to your business’ refreshment options. Or, if you think you have a fantastic vegan product that you want to showcase, get in touch with Event Director, Oliver Hayes, at email@example.com, or call +44 (0)117 929 6087, to exhibit.
We look forward to seeing you at the show, so we can build a better world together.
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