Vegan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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  1. What does vegan mean?
  1. What do vegans eat?
  2. Where can I find vegan food?
  3. How do I eat a vegan diet, and make sure my body gets the best possible nutrition?
  4. Besides eating habits, what else do vegans do differently?
  5. Where are all the vegans, anyway?
  6. Where do vegans shop / where can I find vegan products?
  7. Where can I find a place that serves vegan meals?
  8. How can I tell if something is vegan, or not?
  9. What are the animal-derived ingredients found in food, cosmetics, hair care, etc, and their alternatives?
  10. Which alcoholic beverages are vegan?
  11. What types of sugar are and arenít vegan?
  12. What are leather alternatives?
  13. Who else is vegan, that I know?
  14. What does going vegan lead to?
  15. Are cars vegan?
  16. Where can I find a list of vegan companies?
  17. How can I see a rating of how vegan a company?
  18. Where can I see a vegan product list?
  19. What are the easiest ways to go vegan?
  20. What can I do to cure a health problem Iím having? (Klaper?)
  21. What are the easiest ways I can help and protect the environment?
  22. What do the different standards mean? Vegan, organic (CA, OR, Mexico, Ö) GMO-free, Kosher, gluten-free, no-sulfites, wheat free, double-certifiedÖ
  23. What vegan organizations are there, to support, be involved with, and seek support from? IVU, Peta, American Vegan Society,
  24. What are the biggest problems vegans face?
  25. How can I find a vegan place to live?
  26. Where can I find a vegan job?
  27. Where can I find vegan-friendly friends, or people to date? www.veggiedate.com
  28. Seeds of change type quote on catalog environmental concerns/ gasoline
  29. List of vegan music
  30. Where can I find out what my health risks are, and how to minimize them strategically?
  31. ?Vegans and the environment
  32. A nonprofit agency which (promotes growing fruit trees : treepeople)
  33. How can I recycle EVERYTHING I use? Article & Obtainium-type listings/links
  34. Is there a biological test to see if someone is completely vegan?

Is it true that after 7 years of perfect veganism, a personís blood is completely vegan? (why does it take that long?)

††††††††††† What can organizations do to help me, as a vegan?

 

 

1. What does vegan mean? Vegan Defined

Vegan means eating no animal by-products. These include beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, gelatin, and honey. Honey is included because bees are nearly always ground into the honey, because the bees are nearly impossible to eliminate.

 

Standards that vegans usually value and look for are VEGAN, ORGANIC, NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS/ CRUELTY FREE, and GMO-FREE / NON-GMO. Further, they try to support companies which use minimal packaging, and which has been & can be recycled.

 

2. What do vegans eat?

More than just tofu! Evolving to a vegan diet involves seeking replacements for unacceptable foods, which opens up a new reality of opportunity! Pop YOUR bubble, and try ALL of the healthiest vegan foods youíve never tried a few times. It is quite surprising to find how many good foods most people have never tried!

 

3. Where can I find vegan food?

Just about anywhere! See our Vegan Food Sources, and Vegan Restaurants & Markets pages to get you started.

 

4. How do I eat a vegan diet, and make sure my body gets the best possible nutrition?

Learn about vegan nutrition. We highly recommend books such as Michael Klaperís Vegan Nutrition Pure & Simple, and Brenda Davisí Becoming Vegan.

 

5. Besides eating habits, what else do vegans do differently?

Vegans don't use animal products of any kind: such as leather, wool, silk, fur, etc. This means they refrain from wearing animal products, and also from using non-food products that have animal ingredients. In addition, vegans are usually environmentally conscious, and will recycle and use environment-friendly products.

6. Where are all the vegans, anyway?

Vegans are found worldwide! To meet vegan people, there are several vegan online services. See our Vegan Dating, Friends, & Networking page for links.

 

7. Where do vegans shop / where can I find vegan products?

Vegan foods and healthcare/beauty items can be found in natural foods markets. There are also many vegan websites that sell vegan clothing, shoes, etc. See our Vegan Businesses and Vegan Products Directory  pages for links.

 

8. Where can I find a place that serves vegan meals?

http://www.happycow.net has a restaurant guide. Also see our Vegan Restaurants & Markets page.

 

9. How can I tell if something is vegan, or not?

For eatable products, ingredients must be listed. Compare these ingredients to the List of Animal-derived Ingredients at: http://veganproducts.org/ingredients.html

For clothing, make sure that the tag lists the content, and avoid fur, leather, suede, wool, and cashmere. If the tag does not list ingredients, try to establish whether one of these products is in your garment, shoes, etc.. Shoes often list materials on the box, not on the actual shoes. Real fur is very smooth, and leather and suede usually can be identified by its distinctive smell. Wool, inspected closely, often has fraying fibers, and can be itchy.One sure way is to buy directly from vegan companies (like Pangea).

 

10. What are the animal-derived ingredients found in food, cosmetics, hair care, etc, and their alternatives?

See the List of Animal-derived Ingredients at: http://veganproducts.org/ingredients.html

You can see a list of Vegan Ingredients and Alternatives at: http://www.happycow.net/health-veg_ingredients.html

 

11. Which alcoholic beverages are vegan?

To see what kinds of alcohol are vegan:† http://www.VeganProducts.org

 

12. What types of sugar are and arenít vegan?

For information on which SUGARS are and arenít vegan see: http://www.VeganProducts.org

 

13. What are leather alternatives?

For alternatives to leather see: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/leather.htm

 

14. Who else is vegan, that I know?

 

 

15. What does going vegan lead to?

Since being completely vegan is quite nearly impossible, it becomes a matter of how creative you are, and how easily you can redefine your life to be as life-fostering, and nurturing as possible. Some people get to a level where they are comfortable, and others spend their whole lives finding ways of becoming evermore vegan. Some people feel that the natural evolution is to fruitarianism, breathaireanism, or epidemiology. While breathaireanism is an interesting ideal, it has no supporting scientific, or nutritional evidence, and may lead to nutritional disease. Fruitarians do trump traditional vegans in niceness, because they do not finish off (kill) the plants they eat from, such as vegans do when they eat carrots. Raw foodists cannot access the additional vitamins and digestibility of foods whose nutrition increases through cooking, but do exist nonetheless! They are an inspiration, but there are not many large populations to study.

 

16. Are cars vegan?

 

 

17. Where can I find a list of vegan companies?

See our Vegan Businesses page.

 

18. How can I see a rating of how vegan a company?

 

 

19. Where can I see a vegan product list?

 

 

20. What are the easiest ways to go vegan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25. What are the biggest problems vegans face? (mix with 2nd search part/issues)

Persistent vegans have the constant dilemma of what is the most vegan way to live, regardless of who they are, and what their lives are like. One serious challenge, is that many medications, both prescription and OTC, are only available in gelatin-capsule form. Steel has been said to contain animal byproducts, and we all seem to sit in steel chairs, in steel-reinforced buildings Further, it is difficult for many vegans to find appropriate jobs and careers, with so few vegan businesses in existence.

 

 

 

Sources of Vegan Food:

 

100% organic seeds, plants, foods www.seedsofchange.com

100% vegan gardening fertilizer ?www.veganorganiced.org

 

?International Vegan Organization

EarthSave International

American Vegan Society

International Vegetarian Union

 

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

 

 

What is the difference between vegan andÖ

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/OtherInfo/VegetarianTypes.htm

 

Vegan discussion boards, where you can get answers to questions

(Vegan Advice Directory >Discussion boards)

(http://www.vegsource.com)