Vegan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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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 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?
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?
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:†
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?
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
American Vegan Society
International Vegetarian Union
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
What is the difference between vegan andÖ
Vegan discussion boards, where you can get answers to questions
(Vegan Advice Directory >Discussion boards)