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Vegan Nation

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Transcript of Vegan Nation

Vegan Nation
Vegetarianism dates back to 5th Century BCE in
Ancient Greece & India
In
Ancient Asian
cultures a plant based diet was intently connected with nonviolence towards animals
For the
Egyptians & Greeks
a vegetarian diet had medicinal & ritual purification purposes
Strict vegetarian essentially = 1st Vegans
Origins
Modern Day
Vegan Philosophy
Defined by Vegan Society:
"A
philosophy & way of living
which seeks to exclude - as far as is possible & practical - all forms of exploitation of & cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose"
AVOIDS ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS & BY-PRODUCTS:
Dairy product
Eggs
Honey
Leather
Fur
Silk
Wool
Certain clothes, soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, etc.
Benefits
Diet High in:
Protein
Iron
Calcium
Dietary fiber
Magnesium
Folic Acid
Vitamin C & E
Phytochemicals
Low
in:
Saturated fats
Cholesterol
Disadvantages
Low in:
Omega-3 fatty acids

Vitamin D

Zinc

Vitamin B12
2000 - 2011
1940-1970's
1880's - 1940's
Mainstream
England
Growing concern among vegetarians over the moral ethics of animal consumption & use
America
Donald Watson
founded the 1st vegan society & coined the term "VEGAN" - representing the beginning and end of the word vegetarian


By
1948
a vegan society is established America
1970's
Frances Moore Lappé's wrote
Diet for a Small Planet

encouraging meatless meals to stop wasting the world's food
More & more restaurants, grocery stores catering to vegan culture
Celebrities, athletes & other public figures adopting the diet
2013 Munich Germany Oktoberfest, a 200 yr old tratitionally meat centered celebration, provided vegan options for the 1st time
According to PETA ~2.5 million people in the U.S. are vegan
Vegans Go
Why Become a
Vegan
?

Ethics
The philosophy itself is founded upon the moral premise & advocacy for animal rights
Health
Enviromental
Avoiding animal product use lowers your carbon footprint
Significant energy
used in production of meats and animal products:
Crops for feed
Watering
Processing meat & products
Transportation
Grain feed
= major contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and animal extinction

In Brazil alone, ~ 5.6 million acres of land is used to grow soya beans for animals in Europe - contributing to developing world malnutrition
Info graphic via arbtech.co.uk

https://arbtech.co.uk/can-vegetarianism-save-planet-infographic/
Lowers risk of:
Cardiovascular disease
Obesity
Diabetes
Certain cancers
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Sources:
flax seed walnuts soybeans


Sun exposure Fortified foods Minimally in certain veggies
Sources:

Supplementation & Fortified Foods


Grains





Legumes





Nuts
Sources:
Sources
Vegan Cultural Competence
Know the history &
WHY
patients have/want to implement this diet
Ethical/environmental reasons?
Purely health? Is it necessarily the best option for this patent?
Trend or Fad?

Consider religious & cultural background
Heavily meat-centered or meat-free?
How well does this diet fit into that?

Socioeconomic status - Vegan/vegetarian by choice or circumstance?
Many argue that veganism is "another white privilege"
Limited resources in certain areas, espcially poorer neighboorhoods
Non-developed countries - meat maybe a luxury unaffordable
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