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What’s up with the vEGGan Diet?

What’s up with the vEGGan Diet?
February 26
11:47 2016
As more and more people adopt a vegan lifestyle, the diet’s founding principles have become skewed by secondary benefits.

The “pros” of going vegan are so multifaceted that individuals from various backgrounds and religions are able to find something that appeals to them. This is great, but it’s still important to understand what the veganism movement stands for. And it has nothing to do with your health.

According to The Vegan Society, veganism can be defined as:

A philosophy and 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; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

In summation, veganism is an animal rights movement.


An offshoot of veganism termed “vegganism” adds eggs to the traditional vegan diet of vegetables, fruits, seeds, beans, nuts, and grains. Yes, this new spin on veganism is far healthier with its easy access to protein – but it is also highly disrespectful to the original movement.

As I said above, veganism has nothing to do with your health; it’s about animal liberation. Adding eggs to such a diet defeats the purpose. True vegans do not:

  • Use products that were tested on animals
  • Purchase fabric derived from animal material
  • Enjoy entertainment that involves the mistreatment of animals
  • Eat any food that comes from an animal, let alone support animal slavery with the purchase of eggs 

While many vegans would agree that an unfertilized egg is not an animal, the fact remains that eggs are a product of chicken enslavement.

forced_molting-400x284Did you know that male chicks are killed shortly after birth? That’s right, since roosters can’t lay eggs, they are considered useless in the egg industry.

It’s not much better for the hens, who are kept in a constant state of egg-production for about two years until they are killed for their meat.

The word “veggan” is nothing by an oxymoron. It literally stands for animal cruelty and animal liberation in the same word. Adopting an ovo-vegetarian diet shows a complete lack of respect for the original principles of veganism.

With all the vegan-friendly and animal-free substitutes available in today’s grocery stores, there’s really no excuse to adopt this disrespectful diet. Check out Follow Your Heart’s vegan egg, the most realistic animal-free egg yet (plus, it leaves out the cholesterol).


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