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What Do Vegans Eat

What Do Vegans Eat?

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Throughout the history of humankind, an array of puzzling questions have been put forth, some more perplexing than others. From the existentialist enigma of “Who am I and why am I here?” to the less daunting “Do the pleats on a cummerbund face up or down?” riddles such as these have kept us enthralled on a daily basis. However, one of the most confusing conundrums in the last several years has been the question “What do Vegans Eat?”

Fleshing things out

At first glance, the answer to the question seems simple – vegans eat vegetables. While this may seem a quick and easy solution, it is a bit more complicated than that, especially when prepared or processed foods are taken into consideration. As such, the better path to understanding is to ask, “What is it that vegans Do Not eat?”

Planting the seeds

Addressing what vegans do not eat makes understanding the diet a little easier: Vegans do not eat any animal products. While the items that first pop to mind may seem obvious – meat, poultry, fish – this list also includes dairy and eggs as well. But it does not stop there. Vegans also decline to consume foodstuffs produced by animals, such as honey, as well as those derived from animals, such as gelatin.

More than meats the eye

In addition to the aforementioned, vegans must also be careful with commercially produced foods and beverages. For example, some red-tinted foods (including candy) receive their hue from carmine or cochineal, produced by grinding certain scale insects. Also, there are wines, beers, and ales that have been clarified by being filtered through isinglass, a substance derived from dried fish bladders. Refined cane sugar is filtered also, but through charcoal, which may be derived from animal bones.

A garden of edible delights

Fortunately, vegans are not doomed to an unpalatable diet of raw root vegetables, leaves, and grasses. In fact, once the forbidden fruits are defined and identified, the vegan menu is quite extensive and appealing. Some creativity and simple adjustments and adaptations in cooking techniques and preparations are all that is required for anyone to enjoy meals that are hearty and satisfying, tastefully elegant, or beautiful in their simplicity. From soup to nuts, and everything in between, there is no lacking when it comes to culinary magic for the practicing vegan.

Something to chew on

Those contemplating adopting vegan dietary practices would be well served to seek out someone knowledgeable about vegan cooking and dining. Such a guide will help in understanding nutritional guidelines, planning menus, making necessary adjustments to traditional recipes, and the hidden dangers of commercial products. Once accustomed to producing meals from the vegan side of life, neither you nor your guests will notice what is not on the table.

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