Published On: Tue, Oct 10th, 2017

Veganism – Gastronomic Movement or Lifestyle Choice?

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Veganism has never been so big, and is one of the most famous current gastronomic trends of the moment: Understand more about this concept and why it may be both a gastronomic movement and a lifestyle choice.


Veganism is a term now tossed about freely by adherents from various backgrounds and all ages, including teenagers and millennials.It may even be close to becoming a gastronomic movement, if one considers its origins.

Although the term was coined in 1944, the concept of veganism has roots going back to both ancient Indian and early Eastern Mediterranean societies.

Veganism is in general considered to be “an extreme form of vegetarianism” and the first documented mention of vegetarianism was in Pythagoras of Samos’ belief that humans should not cause pain to other animals and his recommendation of a vegetarian diet.

1847 was the year the first vegetarian society formed in England and the American Vegetarian Society soon followed, being co-founded by Rev. Sylvester Graham in 1850.

Vegetarians may avoid most animal products but still consume dairy and eggs.

Donald Watson, a British woodworker, took the concept further when he created a new term, “vegan”, to describe those people who were vegetarians and did not consume dairy and eggs, in addition to not eating any form of meat as seen in vegetarianism.

The concept of veganism, when applied strictly, goes beyond consuming animal products as it also prohibits the use of any products made from animals. By 2005, two million people in the U.S. and 250,000 people in Britain identified themselves as vegan.

While vegetarianism has become generally accepted and can be seen in menu options, veganism may be strongly associated with the animal-right movement and elicit some measure of controversy.

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