No matter how you look at the situation, veganism continues to grow. More and more consumers—some 20 percent now—are expressing an interest in incorporating more vegan (or “plant-based”) food into their diets. The sales growth of plant-based meals is nine times greater than the total food market. That’s why almost half of all major companies now have teams that work to expand their plant-based product lines and reach every aisle. By 2025, 42 per cent of the menus in colleges and universities throughout the United States are going to be plant-based.
Whether you are ready for a lifelong commitment to veganism or you’re just veg-curious, figuring out how to go vegan can be a little overwhelming. The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you might think, and the many positives of being vegan—including health benefits and a lighter carbon footprint—make it worth exploring.
What is veganism?
Veganism is the practice of only eating foods that are derived from plants. Vegans are those who eat only plants, including fruits, vegetables and legumes. They avoid any meat (including fish), dairy, eggs and honey. Veganism is a complex concept, but it’s not difficult to understand.