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The Vegan LifeThe Vegan Life

The Vegan Life The Vegan Life

The decision to live a vegan life is based not only on what is healthier for the individual, but also on what is healthier for the planet, and it’s this that sets veganism apart. And it’s an idea whose time has come… THE VEGAN LIFE aims to give readers all the info they need to follow their ethical choice: how to eat, where to eat when they want to eat out (all over South Africa) and what to eat at home (there are 32 delicious recipes in this issue!). But it’s much more than a manual: we know that our readers are grappling with issues every day, ranging from dealing with the nutritional questions of anxious parents to where being a pet-owner, for example, fits into the ethical lifestyle choice they have made. But THE VEGAN LIFE also aims to answer the questions that people who are interested in veganism but who don’t know enough about it to take the final step, want to ask. A glossy, 84-page title, THE VEGAN LIFE is a must-read for anyone interested in – or already committed to – ethical eating and living.

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in the UK, where veganism is widely regarded as one of the fastest-growing lifestyle trends, the number of vegans rose by more than 360 % over the past 10 years. Here in South Africa, although we don’t have the exact statistics, veganism is clearly a path more and more people are choosing to take. Vegan options are offered at most urban market stalls and there are new vegan restaurants and food trucks popping up every day, reflecting both the changing consciousness and the increasing demand for them. More than that, though, the awareness of what living a plant-based life really means is finally pushing through to the mainstream. It’s not quite there yet – you’re still a freak! – but we’re getting there at last. When Jay Z and Beyoncé start tweeting…

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the vegan nutrition & health report

Super seeds There’s good reason to sprout seeds before you eat them: it makes them easier to digest and enables your body to access their full nutritional value. Unsprouted seeds contain antinutrients like phytic acid to prevent them from germinating too soon. These antinutrients interfere with our ability to digest starches and proteins, making it difficult to absorb the vitamins and minerals. Phytic acid, in particular, inhibits the absorption of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, which can lead to a number of problems, including anaemia, hair loss and osteoporosis. Find out more about sprouting seeds, nuts, grains and beans at culturesforhealth learn. Culture craze Fermented foods like pickled vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut and miso aren’t everyone’s favourite side dish, but they’re a taste worth acquiring for their health benefits. The fermentation process…

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q&a with registered dietician jessica kotlowitz

Q: IS VEGANISM HEALTHIER THAN OTHER DIETARY CHOICES? A: It’s very difficult to prove that any one dietary pattern is healthier than others. However, plant-based diets (comprising little to no animal products) and Mediterranean-style diets (also low in animal products and high in plant matter) have been shown to be among the healthiest. Vegan diets have been proven to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, lower the risk of certain cancers, prevent heart disease and diabetes and help with weight loss. Also, in population-based studies, vegans are the only group with an average weight in the healthy range of the BMI. This is a significant finding, considering that we are in the midst of a worldwide obesity epidemic that affects the lives of millions. Vegetarians and vegans also have a lower risk of kidney…

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whats on the menu

CAPE TOWN Plant Café Cape Town’s most established vegan restaurant offers gorgeous wraps, salads, burgers, bowls and quesadillas. 8 Buiten St (CBD) and 65 Lower Main Rd (Observatory) 021 422 2737 (CBD) and 021 447 9660 (Observatory) Whole Earth Café This holistic eatery specialises in healthy cuisine, including vegan, raw, gluten-free and other dietary alternatives. 257 Main Rd, Scarborough 021 780 1138 Sexy Food This restaurant offers fresh, healthy ingredients that don’t just satisfy the taste buds but also promote gut health and overall healthy eating. It does serve meat and eggs, but there are more than enough vegan options on the menu. 190 Bree St, CBD 021 422 5445, Yindee’s Yindee’s offers an inviting social setting and the finest home-style southern Thai cuisine in Cape Town. All vegetable side dishes and stir-fries are vegan-friendly. 22 Camp St, Gardens 021 422…

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how to get enough protein

There’s so much contradictory information out there about the nutrients that are ‘missing’ from a vegan diet that you may be tempted to ignore it all rather than trying to work out what’s valid and what isn’t. We’ve taken a look at some of the claims about what you may be missing on a meat-free diet and we’re happy to report that as long as you are mindful of what you eat and tuned in to your body’s needs, you probably don’t have much to worry about. What’s the big deal about protein? The first question people ask when they hear you’re following a vegan lifestyle is, ‘Are you getting enough protein?’ The answer is, if you include a variety of protein-rich plant foods in your diet, it’s actually fairly easy to…

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planting the seed

I’d been vegetarian for about 17 years, but it wasn’t an ethical decision. I just sort of grew out of liking meat and, eventually, fish. Then one day I watched a clip from Earthlings on dairy cows and what happens to them, and it just broke my heart. I was like: ‘That’s it! No more. I’m not giving these guys a cent of my money.’ My partner was vegetarian, so I was vegetarian by default. Technically, I was pescatarian, because I didn’t think of fish as animals. But as I learnt more, I realised that fish are actually very intelligent animals – they also have social structures and they recognise people. And for every fish you eat, whales and dolphins have died too; the collateral damage of fishing with those massive nets…