Just how far do we take it? Technically even gas for your car isn’t vegan, or plastic isn’t which means that something as simple as your pen might be attracting the vegan police. Personally I do see that as going a bit too much to the extreme. Especially considering that the beings in question died millions of years ago, it’s not like avoiding it will bring them back or cause them any suffering. That being said, as a vegan one should be environmentally conscious and since plastic is bad for the environment try to avoid it. I won’t lie, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid it fully considering that almost everything has some plastic in it. But every little bit helps.
Archive for March, 2011
One of the questions I get most often is how to deal with becoming vegetarian or vegan when your significant other isn’t interested to even try. I personally don’t think I could date a carnivore, but as a vegan I wouldn’t see any reason to not date a vegetarian. What I tell people is that it’s usually up to them and what they’re comfortable with. As much as I’d like to help, it’s really not my say what you’re able to accept.
It’s hard to find a tomato sauce which tastes natural and doesn’t cost too much. We spent a long time trying to find the “perfect” one. This proved to be difficult until we found Marinelli pasta sauce. On top of the product being amazing, the price is affordable too, so at least you’re not going to feel guilty for buying it.
Who would guess that something as simple as sugar might not be vegan? Sugar comes from a plant, how can it possibly not be vegan? The fact that during the refining process some companies use bone char (usually from a cow) to whiten/refine the sugar is where the issue lies. Not all companies use it, so if worried it’s probably best to stick to non refined sugars such as Cane Sugar, turbinado or beet sugars.
It’s mighty difficult to avoid sugar completely but just like anything else, the more you do it the easier it becomes. There are many alternatives and the best way is to avoid as many processed foods as possible.
Is avoiding sugar getting a bit too fanatical? It depends on who you ask of course. The fact of the matter is that most people who turn to veganism are doing it for moral reasons, so it’s a fair reason to avoid something.
I didn’t even know that wine wasn’t vegan until a couple months ago (officially). I remember going through Whole Foods in San Francisco where they had some wine labeled “Vegan” and at the time I thought that it was ridiculous because all wine should be vegan. I didn’t think about it again, until I saw some vegan people I follow on Twitter talking about a site called Barnivore (http://barnivore.com) which lists vegan wines (and other alcohol). This was a shocking revelation to me as I never thought twice about drinking wine, I mean who would? It’s only grapes right?
I would greatly appreciate it if I could get a nice view of where people go for their health food needs.