Why Are So Many Irish People Switching To A Vegan Diet?
May 16, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Lately nearly everyone and their dog has been turning vegan and you may be wondering why? Is this just something that’s on trend or are there actual reasons why people are changing their eating habits?

Today we are going to look at why the Vegan diet has become so popular in recent times and speak about all of the different benefits of vegan eating.

What is Veganism?

The vegan diet is an extension of being a vegetarian. Vegans do not consume any animal products; this includes dairy, meat and honey. Veganism has been spoken about at length over the years in documentaries such as Cowspiracy, What the Health and Forks over Knives.

These documentaries introduce us to the environmental benefits and health benefits of being on a vegan diet. Perhaps one of the main reasons veganism has become so popular in the past few years is due to the wide range of benefits it can offer us.

The Health Benefits

When it comes to the health benefits of Veganism, there are plenty. Veganism reduces heart disease and type two diabetes which have been proven to be caused by animal products. Veganism can also reduce your cholesterol as you won’t be eating as much animal fat which comes from meat and dairy, causing us to have high cholesterol. There are still however, beautifully constructed dishes which can be enjoyed on a vegan diet like this meal from the Sova Food Vegan Butcher below.

sova-food-vegan-butcher-51-pleasants-street

Personally when I changed to the vegan diet I started eating more vegetables and legumes which increased my energy levels. I also didn’t experience nearly as much bloating and stomach difficulties as before. There are many athletes who also benefit from the vegan diet and live off of plant based proteins so there is no need to worry about protein as plants have plenty of it. We’ve already taken a good look at the Tastiest Vegan Sources of Protein and believe us, there are many.

The Environmental Benefits

As for environmental benefits, after watching Cowspiracy I was personally alarmed at the amount of waste animal agriculture produces. Methane gas released from farm animals is the main source of pollution on Earth and the main reason for global warming. All our lives we have been warned not to take long showers, to take public transport and recycle when in reality if we were to reduce the amount of methane gas the animal agriculture produces, we would see benefits in years to come.

the-environmental-benefits-veganism

Reducing carbon dioxide will take years and years to see the benefit from. If however, we were to get rid of animal agriculture we would be able to benefit from cars etc. while at the same time not having to deal with global warming.

Not only that, but due to the large amount of animal agriculture taking over our land and water supply to be able to fill the demand for animal products, animal agriculture has to feed the animals that will end up on our plates.This causes thousands among thousands of legumes to be given to the animals. These legumes could instead feed the poor countries and children that starve to death every day.

The Moral Benefits

In Cowspiracy, it is also mentioned that animal products are not sustainable and we will run out of them soon. Eating meat is not a necessity, it’s a luxury for people. Fishes are being taken out of the sea at alarming numbers. So if we could have a better world by not eating animal products, there is definitely a moral benefit to going on the Vegan diet too.

Personally as a vegan, I feel like this is the one thing I can do for the world to make it a better place. I cannot travel to different countries and help there but I can benefit. Like me, others can help this world by choosing not to hurt the environment and innocent animals.

Animal Empathy

Following this, some people do it due to their empathy towards animals. The conditions in factories are horrendous towards animals, squished together in a small pen, forced to give milk, tails cut off at birth, being ripped away from their children the day after birth. It depends on your morals but when I look into the eyes of a cow, sheep or a pig whether they are roaming free in the fields or kept inside a factory, I see a life, I see a personality.

If you want to get a true insight into this area, check out the documentary above known simply as Empathy, it tells a story about animal respect from a skeptic. Animals want to be loved and cared for, not used as a ready-made meal. By not supporting the sales of these animal products we decrease the demand and the popularity of them, in return saving lives, the environment and our bodies.

More Irish Vegan Companies

The main reason Ireland has opened up towards the Vegan diet is thanks to the companies that have started to produce large amounts of Vegan friendly products and others following their path. The main myth I feel towards veganism is that we can’t enjoy food as much as omnivores or vegetarians can. That people would miss meat, cheese or milk too much.

Although there are dozens of choices for the type of milk that you would like to drink, some resemble milk a lot, others have a completely new taste which you could grow to love. Alpro provides you with vegan yogurts, creams, cheese, butter and the list goes on.

alpro-products

There is a wide range of vegetable meat from companies such as Black Cauldron and Qourn. Lately, mainstream brands such as Flora and Ben and Jerry’s have catered for vegans by bringing out vegan butters and ice cream. There is nothing as a vegan that I could miss because I can buy it all and it’s not as expensive as you might think. Sticking with Irish, Dee’s Sausages are unbelievable, Nourish have beautiful nut butters and Green Earth Organics have an endless range of Tofu products to check out!

green-earth-organics-tofu

There’s cheap Almond and Soya milk that you can purchase in Aldi or Lidl for the same price as dairy milk. It’s all so simple and with the wide range of benefits, it’s an easy solution. There are also a heap of great Vegan Restaurants around the country which can provide you with an introduction to this type of food if you’re interested.

Starting Your Vegan Journey

Before you embark on a vegan journey, make sure you understand how to start eating. It’s easy to just eat ready-made noodles but veganism requires you to be aware of the nutrition that your body needs. You learn how to cook a variety of meals that have the right amount of protein and iron.

why-are-so-many-irish-people-switching-to-a-vegan-diet

Veganism is definitely something to look into, if any of the above interests you. As a vegan myself, I did extensive research before taking my vegan journey but I couldn’t feel better now. So with these insights, make up your own mind and see if this is a journey you want to take too.

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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Why Are So Many Irish People Switching To A Vegan Diet?
May 16, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Lately nearly everyone and their dog has been turning vegan and you may be wondering why? Is this just something that’s on trend or are there actual reasons why people are changing their eating habits?

Today we are going to look at why the Vegan diet has become so popular in recent times and speak about all of the different benefits of vegan eating.

What is Veganism?

The vegan diet is an extension of being a vegetarian. Vegans do not consume any animal products; this includes dairy, meat and honey. Veganism has been spoken about at length over the years in documentaries such as Cowspiracy, What the Health and Forks over Knives.

These documentaries introduce us to the environmental benefits and health benefits of being on a vegan diet. Perhaps one of the main reasons veganism has become so popular in the past few years is due to the wide range of benefits it can offer us.

The Health Benefits

When it comes to the health benefits of Veganism, there are plenty. Veganism reduces heart disease and type two diabetes which have been proven to be caused by animal products. Veganism can also reduce your cholesterol as you won’t be eating as much animal fat which comes from meat and dairy, causing us to have high cholesterol. There are still however, beautifully constructed dishes which can be enjoyed on a vegan diet like this meal from the Sova Food Vegan Butcher below.

sova-food-vegan-butcher-51-pleasants-street

Personally when I changed to the vegan diet I started eating more vegetables and legumes which increased my energy levels. I also didn’t experience nearly as much bloating and stomach difficulties as before. There are many athletes who also benefit from the vegan diet and live off of plant based proteins so there is no need to worry about protein as plants have plenty of it. We’ve already taken a good look at the Tastiest Vegan Sources of Protein and believe us, there are many.

The Environmental Benefits

As for environmental benefits, after watching Cowspiracy I was personally alarmed at the amount of waste animal agriculture produces. Methane gas released from farm animals is the main source of pollution on Earth and the main reason for global warming. All our lives we have been warned not to take long showers, to take public transport and recycle when in reality if we were to reduce the amount of methane gas the animal agriculture produces, we would see benefits in years to come.

the-environmental-benefits-veganism

Reducing carbon dioxide will take years and years to see the benefit from. If however, we were to get rid of animal agriculture we would be able to benefit from cars etc. while at the same time not having to deal with global warming.

Not only that, but due to the large amount of animal agriculture taking over our land and water supply to be able to fill the demand for animal products, animal agriculture has to feed the animals that will end up on our plates.This causes thousands among thousands of legumes to be given to the animals. These legumes could instead feed the poor countries and children that starve to death every day.

The Moral Benefits

In Cowspiracy, it is also mentioned that animal products are not sustainable and we will run out of them soon. Eating meat is not a necessity, it’s a luxury for people. Fishes are being taken out of the sea at alarming numbers. So if we could have a better world by not eating animal products, there is definitely a moral benefit to going on the Vegan diet too.

Personally as a vegan, I feel like this is the one thing I can do for the world to make it a better place. I cannot travel to different countries and help there but I can benefit. Like me, others can help this world by choosing not to hurt the environment and innocent animals.

Animal Empathy

Following this, some people do it due to their empathy towards animals. The conditions in factories are horrendous towards animals, squished together in a small pen, forced to give milk, tails cut off at birth, being ripped away from their children the day after birth. It depends on your morals but when I look into the eyes of a cow, sheep or a pig whether they are roaming free in the fields or kept inside a factory, I see a life, I see a personality.

If you want to get a true insight into this area, check out the documentary above known simply as Empathy, it tells a story about animal respect from a skeptic. Animals want to be loved and cared for, not used as a ready-made meal. By not supporting the sales of these animal products we decrease the demand and the popularity of them, in return saving lives, the environment and our bodies.

More Irish Vegan Companies

The main reason Ireland has opened up towards the Vegan diet is thanks to the companies that have started to produce large amounts of Vegan friendly products and others following their path. The main myth I feel towards veganism is that we can’t enjoy food as much as omnivores or vegetarians can. That people would miss meat, cheese or milk too much.

Although there are dozens of choices for the type of milk that you would like to drink, some resemble milk a lot, others have a completely new taste which you could grow to love. Alpro provides you with vegan yogurts, creams, cheese, butter and the list goes on.

alpro-products

There is a wide range of vegetable meat from companies such as Black Cauldron and Qourn. Lately, mainstream brands such as Flora and Ben and Jerry’s have catered for vegans by bringing out vegan butters and ice cream. There is nothing as a vegan that I could miss because I can buy it all and it’s not as expensive as you might think. Sticking with Irish, Dee’s Sausages are unbelievable, Nourish have beautiful nut butters and Green Earth Organics have an endless range of Tofu products to check out!

green-earth-organics-tofu

There’s cheap Almond and Soya milk that you can purchase in Aldi or Lidl for the same price as dairy milk. It’s all so simple and with the wide range of benefits, it’s an easy solution. There are also a heap of great Vegan Restaurants around the country which can provide you with an introduction to this type of food if you’re interested.

Starting Your Vegan Journey

Before you embark on a vegan journey, make sure you understand how to start eating. It’s easy to just eat ready-made noodles but veganism requires you to be aware of the nutrition that your body needs. You learn how to cook a variety of meals that have the right amount of protein and iron.

why-are-so-many-irish-people-switching-to-a-vegan-diet

Veganism is definitely something to look into, if any of the above interests you. As a vegan myself, I did extensive research before taking my vegan journey but I couldn’t feel better now. So with these insights, make up your own mind and see if this is a journey you want to take too.

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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