A Vegan Diet, also known as the Plant-Based diet is the dietary side of a vegan lifestyle.
Veganism is more a lifestyle and philosophy than a diet, and it aims at reducing as much as practically possible the harm made to animals and to the environment.
As a result, vegans not only change their diet but they also refrain from buying any clothing or accessories made from leather or wool and often try to reduce their carbon footprint.
Veganism is not a cult, and therefore there are no hard and dogmatic rules, and each person is free to make their own choices based on what they can do.
For example, a key principle of veganism is to “reduce harm to animals”, because it is impossible to remove all harm made to animals. An example is that every step you take might crush hundreds of small insects.
It is widely accepted that larger animals have much deeper sentience and feel and experience harm, suffering, pain, and sadness similarly to humans.
On top of that, larger farmed animals also have a massive impact on the climate.
For a detailed definition, read our articles on The Conscious Plant Kitchen about what veganism is.
There are three main reasons why people are going vegan. Most of the time, they cite several of these reasons, not just one.
A Vegan Diet includes all ingredients that don’t involve making animals suffer or that don’t require animal exploitation.
Many vegans also choose to exclude ingredients that lead to human suffering and to environmental disasters.
Because of the above, vegans will never eat:
They will often also exclude products that lead to: