Accidental Vegan?

January 14, 2019 6:11 am Published by 2 Comments

Have you accidentally fallen into veganism? Or maybe you’re intrigued by all those products now described as ‘accidentally vegan’? Veganism’s changed in recent years: it used to be seen as something really hard to achieve – nowadays, it’s something you can become simply ‘by accident’!

Are you an accidental vegan?

Vegan – by accident?

Food choices have changed significantly over the last decade. Without really meaning to – without necessarily carrying out much research – without giving the philosophies behind veganism much thought at all, many of us will now find ourselves ‘eating vegan’ a number of times a week. It happened to me last weekend: I made a delicious curry of chickpeas, red pepper and spinach (with that vegan favourite, brown rice) and had a chocolate coconut yoghurt for dessert. And then I realized: I’d made a vegan meal.

It tasted amazing – and it felt good to have a purely plant-based meal: a bit of a detox, an exploration of fresh new ideas. It happened by accident simply because vegan food and ingredients have become so much more mainstream. Nowadays, I might well decide to eat hummus and salad in a sandwich, instead of cheese. I’m perfectly likely to pick a spicy vegetable stir-fry in a takeaway, rather than risk the strange pieces of meat in gloopy sauce. There’s a bit of FOMO about it all (that’s Fear Of Missing Out, if you’re not down with the kids): vegan dishes sound so much more adventurous on menus, and look so much tastier on social media. We all want a slice of the pie!

Behind it all, it’s likely that many accidental vegans do agree with the ‘proper’ vegan points of view: they’d rather the creatures of this planet lived in better harmony; they’re concerned about the environmental impact of meat; they’d like to keep saturated fat out of their bodies; they’re trying to hit that new ‘ten a day’ marker for fruit and veg consumption.

For many people, accidental veganism is the first step on the way to becoming a full vegan. Having realized how easy and pleasant it is to eat vegan, they decide to sign up properly. For other people, ‘eating vegan’ is just something they’ll happily do every now and again. In general, veganism has become a much broader church, in which ‘accidents’ and dabblers are also welcome.

But perhaps you’re thinking of becoming a more purposeful vegan? If that’s the case, we’re going to send you straight off to the Veganuary website. Every January, vegans unite to celebrate all things plant-based and to encourage people to go vegan just for one month. Sign up on the Veganuary website and you’ll receive loads of recipes, tips and health advice. When you’ve finished there and are fully inspired to make your January vegan, come back to the vegan section of the Naturally Good Food website, where we’ve got all the raw materials, for tasty food and proper nutrition, that you’ll need.

Accidentally Vegan products

Vegans have great fun on the internet tracking down products that are ‘accidentally vegan’. These are products that weren’t initially developed by vegan brands or for vegan purposes: they just happen to contain no animal products at all. Knowing which mainstream products tick the vegan box extends your dietary options greatly! Here’s a good list of ‘accidentally vegan’ products. It includes things like Branston pickle, Warburton’s crumpets, Co-op custard doughnuts and smoky bacon Pringles (yes, really).

More seriously, the list notes products, such as pasta, rice and oats, that are naturally entirely suitable for vegans. If there’s a product you’re not sure about – and the label doesn’t make it clear to you – you’ll be able to find out easily online.

Naturally Good Food and all vegans

What can Naturally Good Food offer vegans – accidental or otherwise? Our Vegan section groups together products from across our website that are suitable for vegans. Many of them come from the Wholefoods area of our website – it’s important, if you’re eating vegan, to get the best possible nutrition from the grains, pulses and alternative sources of protein you choose. Our wholefoods consist of the ‘whole’ of the food: rich in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. Check out our nuts, seeds, ‘butters’, plant-based oils and dried fruit.

You’ll also be interested, no doubt, in the Dairy-free section of our website, where we list our comprehensive selection of dairy-free milks, creams, custards, chocolate and desserts. You might like our specialist vegan cooking and baking ingredients too, such as our cheese sauce powder, our egg replacers and the Orgran Easy Egg alternative for scrambled eggs, omelettes and frittatas. We’ve also got nutritional yeast, blackstrap molasses (for that crucial mineral, iron), plant-based superfood powders for an extra nutritional boost, and tofu.

In fact, I’ve just added tofu to my own shopping list. It’s a first for me – but it’s something in which I’m clearly not alone. Veganism is creeping up on all of us!

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This post was written by Yzanne

2 Comments

  • Schamim says:

    It was clear from the China Studies that veganism is the way to greater health and longevity.

    It helps to have a balanced combination between raw and cooked food with cooking on low heat for longer when possible to better preserve flavour.

    Sprout chickpeas in re-mineralised distilled water. It’s the best form of protein as it is a diploid and integrates more harmoniously with the body.

    I think veganism is the default diet for humans as it is not possible to consume uncooked meat or even fish.

    It’s great to see societies now taking steps in the right direction as opposed to continuing to bite their own hand which feeds them.

    PS Try Tahini with your organic brown rice. It’s one of my favorites!

    • Yzanne says:

      Thank you, Schamim! Good tip with the tahini – we have lots of that, too!

      Best wishes,

      Yzanne Mackay
      Writer and Editor
      Naturally Good Food

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