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What is Veganism?
The official Vegan Society defines veganism as ‘a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’. Being vegan isn’t just about eating a plant-based diet, it also includes avoiding animal-derived materials and products that have been tested on animals.
What Personal Care Products are Vegan?
For a personal care product to be vegan it must not include animal-derived ingredients or be tested on animals. Vegan personal care product launches have risen by 175% from July 2013 to June 2018, following the rise in popularity of veganism in the UK (Soil Association, 2019). Keep a lookout for the Vegan Society stamp of approval and the leaping bunny logo to ensure your products are cruelty-free and do not contain animal derivatives.
Vegan cosmetic brands are on the rise and the products are often made from natural ingredients which are ideal for people with sensitive skin and eyes. Lavera Butterfly Effect Mascara, is 100% naturally derived, certified vegan and cruelty-free whilst delivering intense, long-lasting colour. Try Lavera Natural Mousse Make Up for a flawless base which will not clog pores or irritate sensitive skin as it is free from harsh chemicals.
There are also so many vegan skin and body care products which can be better for the environment due to their low waste and plastic-free packaging. Nova Scotia Fisherman Fundy Clay and Mint Soap is a great vegan and cruelty-free soap which also contains no parabens or petroleum-based ingredients. The soap is wrapped in recyclable card rather than plastic and is both ethically and environmentally friendly!
Vegans avoid meat, dairy, eggs and honey, unlike vegetarians who only exclude meat. But a vegan diet can still be delicious and satisfying; abundant in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, beans, pulses, seeds and even chips, pizzas and cakes can be made plant-based!
Although a vegan diet can be a healthy and ethical way to eat, careful planning is necessary to prevent deficiencies in key nutrients such as protein, B12 and iron.
Many vegan staples such as beans, pulses, seeds and nuts are great sources of protein but a protein shake is perfect for on the go to reach the recommended requirement. Sunwarrior Protein Warrior Blend in chocolate is ideal post-exercise as it has a full amino acid profile which helps build lean muscle. For a subtler taste that can be added to sweet or savoury foods, try Puslin Pea Protein Powder which is unflavoured, unsweetened and easily digested.
B12 is an essential vitamin involved in making red blood cells, releasing energy from food, keeping the nervous system healthy and essential in utilising folic acid. As it is only found in animal products, it is an essential vitamin for vegans to supplement. Try Better You B12 Oral Spray for a quick and easy dose of B12 every day.
Iron is necessary for the body to make blood cells which carry oxygen around the body although intake may be low in vegans. Good vegan sources of iron include beans, nuts, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals and most dark-green leafy vegetables but if you can’t reach the recommended amount in your diet, try Better You Iron Oral Spray to supplement.
Vegans should try and consume a varied diet comprising of a wide range of fruits and vegetables to meet the recommended requirements of vitamins and minerals. Although on busy days a multivitamin such as Higher Nature Fizzy Multi Effervescent are ideal as they contain optimum levels of 22 nutrients such as vitamin C, D3 and E, iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium all in one handy effervescent tablet.