Questions About Being Vegan? Here Are the Answers.

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If you’re like me, you’re frequently on Facebook. And, if you’re like me, you have joined the various Facebook groups dedicated to being vegan. And, if you’re like me, you’ve grown very tired of the same questions being asked over and over and over again.

So, as a public service, I have written this blog post to answer all of these questions in one convenient place.

The following are actual questions that have been posted multiple times across Facebook … again, these are realΒ questions … I can’t make this stuff up. I take that back. I could make this stuff up … that’s what I normally do but in this case, these questions are real.

  1. Are bananas vegan? Somewhere someone was told that bananas may be sprayed with a spray derived from shrimp and crab shells that allows bananas to stay fresh for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, this couldΒ be the case with some non-organic bananas. You may want to avoid these. But, the banana itself is vegan.
  2. Can I raise my dog vegan? Yes. Our dog is vegan. The oldest dog in the world was vegan. Dogs thrive on a vegan diet just as humans do. It’s good for them. Cats, on the other hand, are hunters/carnivores and require meat to stay healthy (and, more importantly, happy).
  3. Is breast milk vegan? Yes. Breast milk (which is usually reserved for babies, by the way) is vegan. Same species, with consent. Same is true for swallowing semen. Vegan. Same species, with consent. If you consume either of these without consent, we may have to notify the authorities.
  4. My neighbor has happy hens can I eat the eggs? If you want, sure. But, you’re not vegan then. Even if a hen walked into your living, on its own volition and laid an egg and then got in a car and drove itself to a farm sanctuary to live out its life and you decided to eat that egg … you’re not vegan. Vegans don’t consume meat, eggs, dairy, or honey.
  5. Are Oreo’s vegan? Yes. So are most potato chips, Sour Patch Kids, and some PopTarts. There is so much vegan junk food out there that I bet you could trick an omnivore into becoming vegan just by feeding themΒ junk food alone (can someone say “French fries!”). Remember this song? Love it!
  6. Someone told me that plants feel pain, is this true? No. Plants have no central nervous system. Look at it this way, would you take your kids strawberry picking or to the local slaughterhouse. There. Is. No. Comparison. Lettuce doesn’t scream.
  7. Can kids be raised vegan? Yes, just don’t feed them meat, eggs, dairy, or honey and guess what? They’re vegan … and they are going to thrive! It’s the healthiest way to live.
  8. What about soy? Is it safe to eat? Yes. You can safely consume up to five servings a day. Soy is loaded with protein which is why the meat industry is trying its hardest to make everyone fear soy. In its organic/non-GMS state … it’s good for you and delicious. If you’re a man and you eat too much, you might grow get growavaginaitis (see here).
  9. Do I need to take supplements when I am vegan? B12 for sure. A vegan multi-vitamin is helpful, too. Other than that, you will be more than healthy enough eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and vegan junk food.
  10. Since becoming vegan six months ago, I seem to be tired all the time. What should I do? Sleep more.
  11. I find myself having cravings for meat, what should I do? Eat meat. Or not. Sounds like maybe you’re not ready to go vegan. Maybe you’ve been lured by the promise of a healthy diet and that’s true but there is no such thing as a vegan who craves meat. They don’t exist.

Eat more veggies. Take your time. Replace items one-by-one (many experts will tell you to start with dairy, by the way … it’s pretty much the worst thing on the planet for you and there is more rape, torture and death in one glass of milk than there is in a steak).

I’d like to add that we do want as many new vegans to come over as possible. Give it a try. Ask as many questions as you need to if it helps maintain a cruelty-free lifestyle. Becoming vegan takes effort and commitment and becoming an ethical vegan takes even more time. But it’s worth it. For you. The planet. And, the animals.

With this said, whenΒ any of these questions areΒ asked (and they will be asked), simply supply the asker with the following link ( http://wp.me/p3EQ27-14NΒ  ) which will go directly to this handy vegan answer guide.

Go vegan.

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14 thoughts on “Questions About Being Vegan? Here Are the Answers.

  1. Daryl Denning

    Vegan cat food has been sold in Europe for years. Ami brand is made in Italy. Who doesn’t like Italian food? We have been feeding our five cats Ami for about 3 years. They enjoy it as much if not more than other cat food. It is at least one-third of their diet, with the rest more traditional non-vegan cat food.
    Our oldest, 18 1/2 years old, has had kidney disease since age 11. Sweetie is given regular sub-cutaneous fluids at home and has been on a special KD diet for most of those years. This is still a significant part of her diet along with Ami. Since introducing Ami, Sweetie’s kidney values were for the first time in years, in the normal range. Less protein is important in treating feline renal disease. So why not vegan food with plant protein instead of animal protein? As of this past March, however, time and illness caught up with her. Sweetie’s kidney values were back to where they were many years ago, in a worrisome range. The vet even mentioned euthanasia. Sweetie is still with us today, though we know this can change any time. She has gone longer at 7 1/2 years of treatments than any other cat seen by our vet.
    The blood work for our other cats has been good. We make sure they receive proper veterinary attention. Our 13-year-old was the most recent for lab work. That and her overall health was very good. Our oldest used to come running when we would peel potatoes and cucumbers, enjoying having a taste. Cats enjoy chewing grass. Surely when they were wild they ate more than animals and bugs that they would catch. And dogs were wolves once – carnivores, too. If they can be vegan, why not cats? As long as they get taurine, like human animals getting B12 from non-animal sources, why rule out a vegan diet? At least for us, we know we are reducing some of the animal suffering and maybe increasing the quality of the diet for our cats, with a mix of Ami and other non-vegan cat food. A lot of the latter contains some awful by-products and who knows what.

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    • I stand corrected. I’m sure I’m not the first to say that cats can’t be vegan … but, clearly you are showing me otherwise.

      My blog is backed by very little research but packed with plenty of protein.

      Thanks so much for commenting and it wish you, and your cats, good health.

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  2. Excellent post! πŸ™‚
    Regarding the tired part, maybe watch your iron intake / get your blood checked? While a vegan diet can easily be healthy, some people might be vegans and have an unhealthy diet.

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  3. One can be vegan and yet nary a vegetable ever touches his lips. Though I thank this particular vegan for what he does for the animals, it is questionable whether he can sustain without the 50-some-odd micro-nutrients that only plants can give. He might even find himself tired all the time (i.e. lacking iron, B vits, etc.).

    Interesting tidbit about semen. I wonder if there is any nutritional value to the stuff aside from the salt. Hm. “Hey Hon! Get over here! I need to satisfy my [plug vitamin here] intake.” LOL

    Love your stuff, Eric. Entertaining and thought-provoking all-at-once.

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      • A new vegan baby for the world…now THAT is great news. I do now recall reading something about your wife expecting.

        PS – this little tidbit is especially useful for lactating moms during the 3-wk, 6-wk, 3-mo, and 6-mo growth spurts. Anticipating these “step-ups” in production, I always pumped a bit more after the baby quit nursing to get a head start, as it were, so the supply would be there when he’s ready (and I could sleep better at night). Nothing beats a mouth for natural suction and stimulation of the nipple. Just sayin.’

        PSS – do keep me…abreast.

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    • I have to share a funny story with you, from nearly a decade ago, well before ditching dairy.

      Many years ago, my girlfriends and I had a discussion about the benefits of continued lactation after weaning an infant/toddler: reduced risk of breast cancer, keeping the curves, no shopping for new bras, etc. (There may or may not have been wine involved.) No one particularly enjoyed the pump, but EVERYONE’s husbands enjoyed the *ahem* temporary bonus. What if they stepped up to replace baby’s “demand?” Lactation is, after all, a demand-and-supply system, and once baby’s weaned, The Twins were mostly for Hub’s enjoyment anyway, right?

      Wrong. At least one of the husband’s — mine — was HORRIFIED at such a crazy idea when I shared it with him. I mean…HUMAN milk? Really?? That’s for the baby!! “No f-in way,” I think were his exact words, even though he admitted that (whenever he got an incidental) it tasted a lot like iced cream. Needless to say, the proposal shriveled and deflated, much as my post-lactation chest size. It’s interesting to note that every single one of those ladies let modern surgery give them their D-cups later (me being the only one who didn’t).

      Makes me wonder how many closet human-milk-drinking-husbands might be out there…

      Go vegan. Drink breast milk. LOL

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      • I saw the headline but didn’t read the post until now. Wow. That is some commitment! I think getting pregnant, giving birth, and making milk the “natural” way is less steps! πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for sharing your tips (I said “tips”)

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