What Do You Know About Being Vegan?

By: Dustyn Deerman
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Q1 - Define What is the best way to define veganism?
Abstaining from meat, fish and poultry
It's a diet that emphasizes whole foods and the elimination of sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy.
It's abstaining from meat, fish and poultry, as well as any other animal products or by-products.
A majority of vegans opt for this diet and lifestyle because they believe they are promoting a more ethical, humane and ultimately caring world. Because of the idea that even egg and dairy production can negatively affect the animals involved, they also do not consume it in any way.
It's a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet.

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Q2 - Dairyban This type of diet wasn't always referred to as "vegan". What was another name for it that didn't stick around for too long?
Veggievore
Animaban
Plantvore
Dairyban
It would be a little funny if "dairyban" stuck, right? Back in the 1940s, people who lived the vegan lifestyle were on the hunt for the right name. Other than "dairyban," the names "vitan" and "benevore" were also given a shot.

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Q3 - Flaxseeds Which of these is a good choice for getting your omega-3s on a vegan diet?
Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are a great and easy way to get your omega-3s; all you need to do is add two tablespoons of it to any meal or smoothie. You can also add to your diet walnuts, chia seeds and sea vegetables.
Sardines
Romaine lettuce
Cod liver oil

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Q4 - vitamins There is a vitamin some vegans are worried about not getting enough of. What is it?
B12
According to the American Diabetic Association, there is no significant amount of vitamin B12 in any natural plant. So, to get enough of it in their diets, vegans should opt for things like B-12 fortified foods in soy and rice, breakfast cereals or just take a daily supplement.
Vitamin D
Iron
Calcium

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Q5 - Protein Which of the following is NOT a meat substitute?
Jackfruit
Tempeh
Marrow
There are so many solid alternatives for meat, including tofu, seitan, lentils, beans, mushrooms, tempeh, jackfruit, soy, eggplant and quinoa. Some of the brands these days are utilizing these ingredients so convincingly that some people haven't realized they're biting into a meatless burger.
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Q6 - Prep What's one of the most important things about eating a vegan diet?
No carbs
Low calories
Leafy greens
Planning
Sure, the actual ingredients you are ingesting is definitely very important to living the vegan lifestyle, but doing it successfully comes with planning. In order to make sure the diet is balanced and healthy and not deficient in any vitamins, you have to make sure you're eating a variety of foods packed with all the nutrients you need.

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Q7 - Kids Is veganism healthy for children?
It's better they eat vegetarian at first, then go vegan.
Some veganism is probably okay.
No, they need meat in order to grow healthy.
Totally! Just takes some planning.
When it comes to growing children, planning becomes especially essential to creating a healthy and balanced vegan diet. Parents have for years now successfully raised their children vegan; they will need that variety in their foods, so they get substantial amounts of protein, calcium, iron and vitamins as they grow.

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Q8 - legumes Which of these servings is packed with the most protein?
1 cup of cooked lentils
Just one cup of cooked lentils will get you about 18 grams of protein. Add in 5 ounces of tofu (12 grams) and 1 cup of peas (9 grams), and you've got yourself a good start with your protein intake. The 2 tablespoons of peanut butter can be a good protein snack (8 grams)!
1 cup of peas
5 oz firm tofu
2 Tbsp of peanut butter

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Q9 - keto Which of these diets could you try if you wanted to also do vegan?
Nutrisystem
Pescatarian
Starch solution
Keto
The ketogenic diet does focus on consuming high-fat, low-carb and moderate-protein foods. So, this diet does typically promote the consumption of meat, but with careful planning, vegans can still reap the benefits that come with the keto diet (like successful weight loss).

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Q10 - honey nut What's a product you should stay away from if you're vegan? (This one may be surprising!)
Bee products
While the bee industry, for the most part, does a good job of taking care of their bees, there are still a number of things that can "go wrong" in getting honey, bee pollen and royal jelly. For example, there have been instances where bees will get crushed by the honeycomb as it's removed and returned to their apiary. So, because of deaths or injuries sometimes caused to bees, vegans will stay away from bee products.
Tree products
Sea plant products
Plastic products

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Q11 - beans What is a good source of iron (and can be quite versatile when cooking)?
Lactose
Beans and legumes
White, red kidney and navy beans all offer a good amount of iron (They usually will range from 4-6.6 mg of iron per cooked cup); soybeans are in this range as well. However, if you're looking for the highest level of iron content in your food, look to chickpeas and black-eyed peas.
Cod liver oil
Garlic and onion

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Q12 - Milk Which of these milks is NOT a suitable alternative to dairy?
Skim milk
Skim milk (or nonfat milk) still contains all of the nutrients, and yes, dairy, found in whole milk fat. The only difference here is that skim milk contains no more than 0.2% milkfat, while whole milk contains 3.5%.
Coconut milk
Soy milk
Hemp milk

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Q13 - Cows Who are considered "ethical" vegans?
This is just another term for vegans.
People who only buy from farms that are considered ethical.
This refers to people who grow their own food.
People who do not use products that would have affected animals in any way.
While vegans will not consume any meat, dairy or egg product, ethical vegans will also not wear or use any product that could have come from an animal or be considered an animal product (think feathers, fur or skin), or products that could have otherwise potentially affected an animal.

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Q14 - egg Which of these can be used as an alternative for egg whites?
Chia seed
Chickpea brine
If you have a can of chickpeas at home, you already have the ingredients needed to whip up an egg-white alternative. Aquafaba is the water that legume seeds like chickpeas are cooked in. The liquid has very close properties to egg whites, so it makes for a great substitute (even in meringues and marshmallows).
Rice milk
Tofu

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Q15 - pig About how many animals are reared for food yearly, worldwide?
70 billion
This number is reported from Compassion in World Farming. To get a better understanding of that number, about 9 billion are actually slaughtered just in the United States per year (as reported by the Humane Society of the United States), with 25 million farm animals slaughtered daily (as reported by Mercy for Animals).
750 million
25 billion
500 million

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Q16 - mango belly How do vegans claim this lifestyle can help our bodies process our foods?
Plant-based foods are easier to digest compared to meats.
Cutting out dairy altogether helps your digestive tract.
Plant-based diets increase the body's metabolism.
Several studies now show that plant-based diets help improve or increase our body's metabolism. Vegan diets and lifestyle can help the body burn calories up to 16% faster than a meat-based diet.
Processing plant-based foods moves slower, so you feel full for longer.

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Q17 - veg burger Which of these meat alternative brands is not vegan?
Beyond Meat
Morningstar Farms
Morningstar Farms can and does offer some products that are vegan-friendly, but a number of their faux meats do include eggs in them. However, the company has announced recently that they are planning on transitioning their production to fully vegan by 2021.
Tofurky
Impossible Burger

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Q18 - eggs dairy Why do vegans not eat eggs or dairy products?
Because of reports about the the treatment of animals on these farms.
Because of how expensive milk and eggs can be.
Because of the agriculture system's reported effects on the environment.
Both A and C
One primary reason why vegans do not eat eggs or dairy is because of the effect the production of both of these types of products can have on the animals involved. Numerous reports through the years have mentioned bad living conditions for chickens and cows, and that both have sustained significant abuse. Along with this, reports now show that even egg and dairy production can have adverse effects on the world's CO2 levels and land use.

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Q19 - cheese Which of these cheese brands is NOT vegan-approved?
Tofutti
Damona
Daiya
Boars Head
While Boars Head carries quite the collection of cheeses (some that can be considered vegetarian), they do not offer any that would be vegan-approved.

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Q20 - perks What is a rather unexpected pro to being a vegan?
You smell better!
There have been studies on how meat (and the lack of it) in a diet can affect body odor and in general how a person smells. When it came to men who were eating plant-based foods rather than meats, they were found to be more attractive.
Your hair grows longer.
You have better posture.
Your nails become stronger.

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Q21 - candy Which of these candies should you stay away from on a vegan diet?
Pixy Stix
Airheads
Starburst
Peanut M&M's
Did you fall for this one? Sure, peanut M&M's do have that little hint of health (in moderation), but the chocolate that is used in making them is definitely not dairy-free.

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Q22 - cabbages If you're low on calcium, which of these is a good alternative?
Chinese cabbage
Bok Choy
Collards
All of the above
That's right! All of the above are really good options for upping your calcium intake while on a vegan diet (or any time, really). Other foods that are good for this include kale, broccoli and calcium-fortified orange juice.

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Q23 - couple What do you do if you have a partner who is not vegan, but you are?
Encourage them to eat vegan with you.
Berate them until they eat vegan.
Eat meat with them sometimes.
Support each other in your diets.
Really, couples have had different approaches and opinions to things like diets for, well, ever. If you have a partner who still enjoys their meat, this could be something that isn't necessarily eaten at home, but maybe on nights out they can still partake and enjoy. That way they support you, and you support them in their tastes.

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Q24 - tofu seaweed Which of these servings has the most calcium?
1 cup of seaweed
2 tbsp of tahini
1/4 cup of almonds
1/2 cup of tofu
Calcium is super important to our diets, with us ideally consuming about 1,000 mg per day. So, in order to reach that as a vegan, you need to be eating the right foods! Just 1/2 of a cup of tofu will get you 258 milligrams of calcium.

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Q25 - unwell There are a number of deficiencies that can happen as a result of veganism, but what more serious health concern can arise?
Gastritis
Folate deficiency
Anemia
For both vegans and vegetarians, anemia can be a very real issue some of them face. For some vegetarians, eggs are an easy remedy for getting some boosts of iron, but vegans will want to focus on their leafy greens, lentils, beans and other iron-fortified foods.
Osteoporosis

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Q26 - gas What have reports shown to be the livestock industry's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions?
20%
20% may seem like a low number, but this is actually more than cars, planes and all other forms of transportation put together. Aside from the factories and extreme land use it takes to house and rear these animals, a single cow will release between 70 and 120 kg of Methane into the atmosphere per year.
30%
40%
50%

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Q27 - blood pressure By what percentage can a vegan diet help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure?
45%
50%
75%
Studies are now reporting that vegans can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure by 75% and lower the risk of dying from heart disease by 42%. Other health benefits can include reducing blood sugar and cholesterol.
80%

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Q28 - nuts beans Which of these is used in making vegan cheese?
Soy protein
Solidified vegetable oil
Nuts
All of the above
It will really depend on the recipe a brand is using, but vegan cheese can be made with a whole variety of ingredients. Soy proteins, solidified vegetable oil (e.g., coconut or palm) and nuts (e.g., cashews, almonds and pine nuts) are all a part of the process.

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Q29 - Water How many gallons of water do reports say vegans save on a daily basis?
500 gallons
750 gallons
1,100 gallons
When you consider just how much 1,100 gallons of water a day is, we could all take turns being vegan and could contribute to that water conservation, right?
2,000 gallons

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Q30 - Spinach How many servings of spinach would it take to equal the same amount of calcium in an 8oz glass of milk?
8 servings
10 servings
12 servings
16 servings
This may sound like a lot, but you could easily consume 16 servings of spinach through a day. Consider how much it takes to get a decent amount in any meal you cook with it. The way it cooks down, you could fit a ton of spinach in any dish; smoothies are a good option for spinach as well.

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Q31 - Eggs What type off eggs will work with a vegan diet?
Free-range
Organic egg production
Vegetarian-fed
Only egg substitutes
It doesn't matter if the farm that the eggs came from is as cruelty-free or free-range as possible; they are still not vegan-approved! Opting for egg and egg white substitutes is the only way to truly eat vegan when it comes to egg products.

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No, they do not.
This question has definitely been debated, but plants do not have a central nervous system or a brain; they cannot feel pain. Sure, they're very reactionary to their environments, but they still do not experience touch and pain the way animals can.
They only feel pain in their roots.
Yes, they do.
They only feel pain when their leaves or flowers are plucked.

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Q33 - syrup What can be used in place of honey if you are on a vegan diet?
Agave nectar
Maple syrup
Rice syrup
All of the above
Bee products are also off-limits when it comes to eating vegan. But don't despair; there's plenty of options. Syrups and agave products are perfectly animal-cruelty free and still provide the perfect amount of sweetness.

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Q34 - Feast When is World Vegan Day?
February 1
July 1
November 1
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated every first of November. Events that happen worldwide include setting up stalls, hosting big potlucks and planting trees.
December 1

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Q35 - free pig What would happen if everyone stopped eating animals?
The world economy would collapse.
Domesticated populations would surge and wildlife animals would decline.
Land use by plant-based farms would increase.
Wildlife populations would surge and domesticated animals would decline.
Domesticated animals like cattle and chickens would just not do well in the wild, so if a world that became increasingly vegetarian and vegan existed, their numbers would decline. Wildlife populations would begin to thrive since a lot of land used as factory farms would likely then be unoccupied for nature to reclaim.

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