Veganism- A Fad Or A Necessity ? - Eats and Treats by Tania Rebello
TDT | Manama
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Veganism has become a rising trend worldwide over the past decade.
Its popularity is increasing daily, with several influencers spreading enticing ideas about embracing a vegan lifestyle.
Observed in January every year, ‘Veganuary’ is not just a month to practice veganism; it is a campaign developed by a UKbased non-profit organisation.
This organisation encourages people to embrace veganism once a year.
The plant way of life seems attractive due to the awareness of sustainability and the need for healthier eating habits amongst a generation that mostly leads a sedentary lifestyle.
However, is it a wise choice?
People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass!
Do you remember when your parents forced you to eat vegetables?
Vegetables are not only a source of vital nutrients that help us to keep healthy; they contain medicinal properties that assist with healing and cell regeneration.
A balanced diet contains a combination of carbohydrates, proteins , vitamins & minerals, and fats in the right proportion.
Red meat is an excellent source of high-quality protein.
Removing meat from one’s diet poses a risk of iron or B12 deficiency, anaemia and muscle wasting.
Iron is essential in making haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells.
These red blood cells help carry oxygen throughout the body.
Red meat is a rich source of iron; however, increased consumption of it is often discouraged as it may increase cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Vegetarian options include green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, and dried fruits such as prunes, raisins and apricots.
Can consuming these items produce the required supply of iron to the body? Maybe not.
Doctors often recommend iron supplements to vegetarians.
While some have implemented veganism for its health benefits, others have adopted it as a trend.
Due to the large number of ingredients needed to create specific recipes and the high prices of certain vegan products, one might find veganism expensive; however, there are numerous cheaper food sources to aid this way of living.
I want to highlight two genius.
Aquafaba Whipped Cream and Cashew Cream Cheese.
Who knew that the liquid from canned unsalted chickpeas could be used to make whipped cream?
Cheese lovers that turned vegan have celebrated the invention of cashew cheese.
With health conditions such as gluten intolerance, obesity, and diabetes increasing daily, turning to veganism once or twice a week might be beneficial.