October 14, 2015 7:38 pm Leave your thoughts
Are you catering for vegans – or looking for vegan ingredients and products? If so, do you know what to look for? How can you be sure that you’re meeting all the criteria? And is it enough to say that if it’s vegetarian and dairy-free, a product must be vegan?
Well…not quite! Vegan cooking goes quite a bit further than simply avoiding meat and dairy.
What’s a Vegan?
Here’s a definition from the Vegan Society:
‘Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’.
Vegans eat ‘a plant-based diet, avoiding all animal foods, such as meat, dairy, eggs and honey – as well as products like leather and any tested on animals’.
Like many diets that exclude certain things, veganism seems to be a spur to great creativity, variety and versatility in cooking. With all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses, vegans have created a diet of endless combinations, to keep themselves healthy and satisfied.
If you’re cooking vegan food, you need to exclude the obvious: meat, fish, dairy milk, butter and cheese, eggs and honey (the last one is the one that tends to catch people out – vegans avoid honey because they believe its production exploits bees. There are some vegans, however, who will eat wild honey – and indeed, a pretty heated debate on the whole issue on the web).
It’s not always necessary to find ‘alternatives’ for these things. Just take a look at the enormous variety in our categories below, to see how easy it is to make fantastic meals without ‘missing’ or ‘substituting’ any animal/non-animal ingredients at all. We have:
- Dried fruit
- Nuts and nut butters
- Beans and pulses
- Lentils and split peas
- Rice of all kinds
If you’ve found a recipe that you need to adapt to a vegan lifestyle, however, you might be interested in some of our alternatives:
- Non-dairy milks, creams and desserts: we have coconut milk, soya milk, almond milk – and a huge array of other types of non-dairy milks. Take a look!
- Non-dairy chocolate: for eating and for cooking with, we have one of the best selections on the web.
- Cold-pressed oils: nut and seed oils, of every possible kind, for every possible use.
- Syrups: try maple syrup instead of honey, or one of our other syrups and sugar alternatives, all shown here.
If you’re unsure as to whether something is or isn’t vegan, look for the international vegan trademark on it.
Remember: as well as food, Naturally Good Food specialises in animal-friendly, environmentally responsible cleaning products and toiletries. Click on the links to see our truly comprehensive range of these.
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This post was written by Yzanne