No More Days of Salad

Veganism is the practice of ‘boycotting’ the inclusion of animal products particularly in food items (including dairy products). This ideology rejects the convention of animals being treated as a ‘commodity’. We still remember a time when going Vegan was the classified as being edgy and and something out of the mainstream box. However, the world is not the same anymore, and we love it.


Back To The Future

Veganism can be traced back to the mid-20th century, wherein a few members of a British registered charity known as ‘Vegetarian Society’ pressed the other members to dedicate a portion of their newsletter to non-dairy vegetarianism. Upon rejection, Donald Watson, another member of the same society set up another newsletter, and coined the term ‘Vegan’, signifying “the beginning and the end of (the word) ‘vegetarian’”.

Coming back to early 2010’s, the was a surge in this trend, which saw many millennials as well as reputed celebrities going Vegan and supporting the moment. In fact, India represents a major populace constituting the bowl of Vegan beings all over the world. The effect has been so much so that you get food items labeled as ‘Vegan Meat’ as well!


The Pros And Cons

The effects of altering your diet are multi-fold, and your body goes through changes due to it. If you analyse what cutting one ingredient like sugar does to your body, one can imagine  that changing your diet completely transcends that in many ways.

The benefits of switching over to a Vegan diet include, and are not limited to being associated with:

  • Lower risk of heart problems – Vegan food encompasses lower amount of calories, thereby reducing the possibility of obesity.
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Catalyst for weight reduction – It has been studied that people following Vegan diets tend to lose weight faster than those who do not.
  • Lower risk of cancer – It is believed that animal fats are a cause for some cancers

Some of the cons are that Vegan foods are supposedly absent in the B-12 vitamin, the protector of red blood cells as well as nerve cells, the deficiency of which can cause diseases like anaemia and problems in the nervous system. However, this is a misconception, that is, items such as cereals, plan-based milks, soya, etc. and supposed to be rich in the B-12 vitamin.

Vegan food is also supposed to be restrictive, as the variety is downsized. However, we urge you to try our Chickpea Salad to know how one can unshackle themselves with the goodness of plant-based food! Of course going Vegan shall affect your body too, and in case we have convinced you to turn into one, do consult a dietician and physician before deciding to go Vegan!

 

By Karan Khanna