Veganism is a lifestyle that completely excludes the use of animal products in food and other products of personal use. The reason one may have for this lifestyle are broad and can include health, social concerns, environmental concerns, etc.
Products that are NOT allowed (and contain animal products)
Numerous other products may contain animal products that are used in the production, but not listed in the ingredients. A more in depth list can be found at Vegan Society.
The Health Concerns
While a well-rounded, and well-planned vegan diet has numerous benefits, careful consideration must be given to common deficiencies
Vitamin B12 is not found in plant food. A B12 supplement is the most reliable solution to this deficiency.
Iron can lead to anemia in a vegan diet. A vegan diet requires twice as much iron as a animal consumption diet. A solution to this deficiency is molasses.
Vitamin D deficiencies can be solved simply by absorbing sunlight.
Calcium deficiencies can be overcome by purchasing soy milk and almond milk that is fortified with calcium.
Iodine deficiencies can be solved with the consumption of seaweed.
A vegan diet has numerous health benefits and few downsides. These pitfalls can be overcome with proper planning and food consumption. Receiving a minimum of 2 fruit servings, 4 vegetable servings, 5 protein rich servings and 6 grain servings a day is the basis of any healthy diet, including a vegan diet.
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