Of course, there are a variety of supplements that can also be taken that will provide these essential nutrients too. People choose to follow a vegan diet for many reasons, many because they believe it is a healthy lifestyle, others because of environmental or ethical reasons.
Vegans often want to avoid animal as a food source and their by-products because they feel that by doing this they are promoting the killing of animals. They believe that animals have the right to exist freely without any interference from humans and that the slaughter of animals either because they are unproductive from birth or who become so due to old age is wrong. The consumption of animal fats and proteins has also shown to raise the risk of developing serious medical conditions and that they want to follow a vegan diet to reduce these risks. Vegans tend to see their choice as a lifestyle and philosophy rather than a diet.
Revised June 25th, 2016
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A vegan diet contains no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other dairy products, and no food containing any animal derivatives. Instead it consists of lots of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods like rice, potatoes and wheat, protein from beans and pulses, dairy alternatives such as fortified soy or almond milk and a small amount of vegetable based fat and sugar. Vegans do not use any products, which may contain animal products either like cosmetics and soap or wool and leather. A good understanding of what is required for a healthy diet is needed to ensure the body receives all the nutrients it needs and supplements may need to be taken to ensure essentials like calcium, iron and Vitamin B12 meet recommended daily allowance guidelines.