A person who does not eat any food derived from animals and who typically does not use other animal products (honey, leather, some beauty products, etc).
Vegan and vegetarian diets both prohibit the consumption of meat and seafood but vegan diets exclude all animal products, and their byproducts, all together.
Vegan diets exclude the following:
Meat (poultry, beef, pork)
Dairy (milk, cheese, butter)
1. Health - Many people are choosing to go vegan for personal health reasons. Vegan diets are typically higher in nutrients and disease fighting food that combat serious illness such as heart disease, the number one leading cause of death in both men and women, several types of cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
2. Environmental Reasons- Animal agriculture is the leading contributor to greenhouse gases and the acceleration of global warming. One way to decrease your carbon footprint is going vegan!
3. Animal Cruelty- Many people chose to lived a plant based lifestyle because they do not want to participate in the suffering and killing of other sentient beings, particularly farm animals.
How Not to Die by Gene Stone and Michael Greger
By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye McQuirter
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
1. The Game Changers
2. What the Health
5. Forks Over Knives