What do vegans eat and what differences are there between a vegan diet and a vegetarian one? Today we’re joined by a special guest who’s going to explain it all to us.
Do you agree with this definition of a vegetarian?
“A vegetarian is someone who does not eat any meat, poultry, fish, shellfish or by-products of animal slaughter.”
How would you define a vegan?
What’s the difference between:
What can vegans eat?
Beans – alubias, frijoles
Lentils – lentejas
Tofu – bean or soya curd. It’s a soft, cheese-like food made of condensed soy milk pressed into tight blocks and mixed with nigari (brine).
Seitan – wheat gluten, made by rinsing and cooking wheat dough to remove the starch
Tempeh – fermenting soybeans in banana leaves
Nuts – frutos secos
Seeds – semillas
Marmite & Vegemite – spreads made from yeast extract, very popular with veggies and vegans for their vitamins that are difficult to find in non-meat products
How long have you been a vegan?
Why did you decide to change your diet and become a vegan?
How difficult is it to keep a vegan diet?
You also try to follow a gluten-free diet. Isn’t this really complicated in addition to a vegan diet?
Is there any non-vegan food that you (sometimes) miss?
What’s the more important aspect of veganism for you: ethical or health?
What side of the fence do you lie on as regards the big divisive question for vegans: to eat honey or not?
Are there any circumstances under which you’d consider breaking your vegan diet?
Do you see any/much difference between organic meat and meat from intensive mass production farming? Or are they equally “bad” in your eyes?
If you were forced, which would you rather eat: low-quality, intensively farmed vegetables grown in a polluted environment full of chemical pesticides, or high-quality organic meat?
Does your dietary choice affect your social life?
Vegan food is often assumed to be automatically healthy and natural. But what about things like seitan? Do you recommend such a highly processed ingredient?
What’s your favourite comfort food?
Millions of dollars of research are being invested in the production of insects in our future diets, partly to reduce traditional meat consumption. What’s your view of this?
Do you use other products – not food – derived from animals. eg. leather, fur, some glues, etc?
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