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veganism

 [ve´gan-izm, vej´ah-nizm]
adherence to a strictly vegetable diet, with exclusion of all food of animal origin.

veganism

[vej′əniz′əm]
Etymology: L, vegetare, to grow, ismus, practice
the adherence to a strict vegetarian diet, with the exclusion of all protein of animal origin.

veganism

The consumption of a vegetarian diet completely devoid of animal proteins—i.e., meat, fish, dairy products and eggs.

Pros
Vegetarians tend to have lower BMIs, risk of obesity, cholesterol, homocysteine, blood pressure, occurrence of type-2 diabetes, half the risk of emergency appendectomy, and a lower risk of choking on foods that commonly obstruct the upper airway (e.g., fish, meat, poultry and bones).
 
Cons
Veganism may be associated with deficiencies in vitamin B12, as well as vitamin B6, riboflavin, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, iron, iodine and trace minerals, especially in periods of growth (e.g., during childhood, pregnancy or lactation). The high-fibre vegan diet reduces absorption of essential cations by chelating calcium, zinc, iron and trace minerals.

veganism

(vĕj′ă-nĭzm)
A form of vegetarianism in which no forms of animal protein are consumed. The diet is devoid of meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.

Patient discussion about veganism

Q. Is raw vegan diet good for health? If not, why? Hi I am fond of raw vegan diet. Is raw vegan diet good for health? If not, why?

A. Undoubtedly raw vegan diet promises light weight and healthy bones. Interestingly, individuals’ consuming raw vegan diet has had a low bone mass. People who consumed raw vegan diet have a low body fat, lighter bones, higher levels of vitamin D and reduced levels of inflammatory makers. The underlying risk is that they are more prone to osteoporosis and osteopenia (severe bone loss).

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The festival's Pamper Zone will offer visitors massages and beauty treatments, and there will be a craft fair, live cookery demonstrations, films, workshops, and children's activities, live music and a history of veganism exhibition.
A number of top endurance athletes are now extolling the virtues of veganism, including Scott Jurek, who won the Western States 100-miler for seven consecutive years.
A number of Greek philosophers, including Plato, Socrates and Pythagoras, also endorsed veganism or vegetarianism, and prominent thinkers in later centuries such as Benjamin Franklin, Leo Tolstoy, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Ralph Waldo Emerson are said to have adopted the diet for at least part of their lives.
Its upscale clientele is a mix of vegans, vegetarians and just plain foodies, but clearly a sign of how the image of veganism has changed in recent years.
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She said: "I attended the Eisteddfod to promote veganism for just one day and discovered a new language, culture and world.
I'm a vegan and I attended the Eisteddfod to promote veganism and discovered a new language, culture and world," she said.
All American Vegan" is filled with dishes of every sort of traditional American cuisine, plenty of Vegan thought and opinion, and arguments why you should become vegan, worth considering for anyone trying to make the leap to veganism.
Give veganism a real try--for animals, Earth, and yourself.
Only when a programme of global veganism gets under way will the earth and our bodies start to heal.