Diet | 19, May 2018

What is Vegan?

Urban Nutrition cater for a vast majority of diets, the newest full menu launch is the "Simply Vegan" category, 6 meticulously crafted, high protein, vegan and vegetarian dishes. But what is Veganism? and why has it become so popular?

Veganism in its self is not a new concept, however over the past 5-10 years there has been a much larger awareness of the vegan community. The term “vegan” was actually created in 1944 with a small group who set out with the intention to only eat natural produce and not from any animal sources, this differs from vegetarianism as vegetarians will still eat the produce that an animal can produce (milk, eggs and any other animal product). Shortened, veganism is a way of life that excludes the harming or exploitation of animals.

Why people choose to become vegan? 

There a multiple reasons why people chose to become vegan;

  • Health Benefits: Studies have shown that plant based diets in place of meat based diets can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Plant Based foods are also much lower in unwanted fats, most practicing vegans would have a lower body fat percentage than their meat eating counterpart.
  • Ethical Issues: Exploiting an animal for something it produces is not a stature of “free-will”, vegans believe animals reserve the right to freedom just as humans do. A lot of mass produced meat farming also uses inhumane ways of production (battery farming, caging etc…)
  • Reducing Carbon Footprint: Reducing the need for animal agriculture would have a positive effect on reducing the global carbon footprint

Contrary to belief, once you eliminate animal produce out of your dietary selection, you are still left with a vast majority of daily ingredients. The most common misconception is Where do you get your Protein Intake from?

Vegan Proteins

Plant based proteins can provide all of the EAA (Essential Amino Acids) that the body requires. The most abundant EAA sources are:

  • Beans
  • Pulses
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Soya
  • Mycoproteins (Quorn)
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Rice

These low fat protein sources generally have a much higher carbohydrate – protein ratio compared to meat which is where the misconception is generally stemmed from, you have to eat much more Chickpeas to eat 20g of protein than you do a chicken breast but the combination of LGL (low glycaemic load) foods will leave you feeling fuller for longer.

For more information on earlier blog regarding LGL, click HERE.

Mixing in these Protein sources with other healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and products created by these opens up a full healthy, balanced diet option.

What are your thoughts on the Vegan community? Try out our full range of vegan dishes here



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