The ambit of veganism has seen the emergence of diverse communities. However, does the diversity exist to benefit form the label of veganism or are they promoting a diet that is scientifically better.
Introduction to veganism
The acceleration of climate change influenced individuals towards a more conservative approach. This change in lifestyle was accompanied by the adoption of various new initiatives. One of the prominent ones being veganism. Veganism advocates for the exclusion of all animal derived products. Thought of as a dietary initiative, veganism often finds itself misunderstood.
Veganism is a way of living. Therefore, individuals adopting this lifestyle not only resist themselves when it comes to eating animal-derived products but also restrain themselves from wearing clothes, extracted from the same. Ranging from animal leather pants to the infamous crocodile printed bags, any such product use is prohibited under this lifestyle.
Absence of perfection
While veganism provides it fair share of benefits to the table, it also presents discrepancies worth examining. According to BBC, a recent study involving 48,000 people over 18 years compared the health of meat-eater, pescatarians (who eat fish and dairy but not meat) and vegetarians, and some vegans. The research found out that people who eat vegetarian and vegan diets have a lower risk of heart-related diseases, however, there were certain problems as well.
When it comes to the consumption of specific diets, for example, veganism, strict meat diets, etc., people tend to forget the existence of a balanced diet. A vegan diet does not provide enough vitamin B12. This is a crucial vitamin needed for the prevention of nerve damage. B12 is present in meat, fish, eggs however, not in fruits and vegetables. Therefore, referring to the aforementioned research, it was found that people consuming vegan and vegetarian diets have a higher risk of stroke due to the absence of vitamin B12.
While individuals following a “vegan” diet, partaking in occasional meat consumption, may be excluded from the ambit of veganism. There is the presence of a practical argument behind their actions. Vegan communities may label such individuals as pseudo-vegans however, any individual working a practical mind may label them as logical.
However, there needs to be a distinction. While indulging in a mixed diet is scientifically beneficial for individuals, there needs to be a respect for communities and distinctions that exist in society. Pseudo-veganism can dilute the message of veganism, leading to confusion.
Individuals wanting to engage in veganism might become perplexed about the distinctions between that of a pseudo-vegan and a vegan. Moreover, the commercialization of pseudo-veganism may jeopardize the creation of truly-plant based solutions. Products with partial plant-based presence might be created going against the desire of vegans who crave the exclusion of any animal-derived product.
The path ahead
Everything in this society is pre-planned and overlooked. Possessions such as one’s dietary preferences have the potential to cause massive outbreaks among people belonging to different communities. While it is important to have preferences, absolute dictators such as science should be kept in mind before making any decisions. Facts yield more than fiction.