Eating vegan means you do not consume any foods containing any animal products whatsoever. This includes eggs and dairy and honey, and any foods that contain these products.
Veganism has become more popular in the last few years, especially due to the information about how factory farming ruins the environment with methane gases, and the grains and other foods fed to the animals could feed the worlds poor.
Most of the beliefs of veganism stem from the feeling that animals are equal to humans and they deserve to live and be cared for the same as our traditional companion animals, dogs and cats. They also do not wear or use products that are animal based, like leather, or cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
A vegan diet consists of fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes like beans, peas and lentils, and nuts. While this may sound minimalistic, today, there is a huge variety of vegan products that allows vegans to make traditional dishes such as spaghetti, rice dishes, tacos and stir fries, with vegan ingredients.
There is everything available from vegan cheeses, egg-free pastas, breads and vegan meat substitutes that have a similar taste and texture but are made with seitan or soy. Tofu is also a staple of a vegan diet and can be used in a variety of dishes.
If a vegan diet is executed properly, it has several health benefits including lower rates of obesity, heart disease, blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, to name a few. However, vegans have to be careful to get enough nutrients and proteins such as B12, Omega-3, vitamin D, iron, zinc and calcium, which is possible with a well balanced vegan diet of the foods mentioned above.
Those who do not believe in vegan diets, or those who were once vegan and became sick, claim a vegan diet deprives the body of essential vitamins, like B-12 and DHA that can only come from animal proteins, and vegan diets or supplements cannot provide an adequate substitute.
Becoming deficient in essential vitamins and nutrients is a possibility if you are eating vegan, so make sure you consult a nutritionist so you can eat a vegan diet successfully and not become depleted or unwell.