While not all vegan snacks are healthy, most healthy snacks are vegan. As a general filter, it cuts out the fattening dairy products and possible hormones and antibiotics which are fed to factory farm animals. It’s a good place to start. It’s also nice that no animals were harmed making our snack boxes. But what does vegan mean?
First, the definition (courtesy wikipedia):
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
This means that for a food to be ‘vegan’:
• It cannot contain animal or dairy products of any kind, including animal by-products, such as honey.
• A popular adage is that “you don’t eat anything with a face or anything that had a mother”.
Why do people choose to become vegan?
• Health Benefits - by steering clear of factory farm animal products, vegans avoid the anti-biotics, hormones and sicknesses associated with those animals
• Doing Less Harm - many vegans are appalled by the horrible conditions factory farm animals are kept in and do not want to vote for them with their dollars (or bellies)
What are the downsides?
• Vegan diets tend to be lower in Vitamin B-12, iron and the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E & K. These deficiencies can be addressed with supplements.
Is veganism for you? Veganism isn’t for everyone, but it’s hard to argue against improving conditions for factory farm animals and including more plants in our diets!
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