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Veganuary

Our new craze is Veganuary

WHY GO VEGAN?

The origins of veganism lie in concerns about animal welfare. Industrial-scale livestock farming causes suffering for huge numbers of animals. And even those rare farmers who make animal welfare a priority still kill them – somewhere in the region of 50 billion land animals are raised and slaughtered every year – most in terrible conditions.  Then there is the environmental impact. Cattle farming contributes to deforestation, water degradation and loss of biodiversity. It also puts out nearly 20 per cent of all man-made greenhouse gases – more than all forms of transport combined.

HOW HEALTHY IS A VEGAN DIET?

There’s little doubt that cutting out – or seriously reducing – red and processed meats is good for your health, and for the planet. But veganism goes further. A vegan only eats plants, or foods made from plants. Unlike most vegetarian diets, it gets rid of dairy as well – no eggs, cheese or milk.

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The NHS rECOMMEND

For a healthy vegan diet:

If you choose to include foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar, have them less often and in small amounts.

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