November is Word Vegan Month and today November 1st is World Vegan Day. This year World Vegan Month could not kick off in a better way as Forbes Magazine just identified high-end Vegan Food as one of the Top 10 Food Trends Of 2013.
The Vegan Society was created in 1944 in the UK, so vegans could differentiate themselves from vegetarians who consumed eggs and dairy. Many committed (ethical) vegans will not only follow a vegan diet but also extend their vegan philosophy to other areas, opposing the use of animals or animal products for other purposes (such as cosmetics, leather, silk etc..).
It is very interesting that Forbes Magazine highlights that the current vegan trend is mostly driven by health benefits rather than compassion towards animals.
While I am not a vegan, I certainly enjoy vegan food. Lately I have been experimenting with vegan baking and came to realise that you don’t need eggs or dairy to make delicious cakes.
It also seems obvious to me that vegan food can be part of helping solve our current and future food crisis. So while I am not advocating that everyone goes vegan, there is certainly room for all of us to incorporate more vegan food in our diet. It’s not about compromising but shifting some of our eating habits away from a diet reliant on animal products.
During this World Vegan Month, I will be looking at demystifying what vegan food is all about and how delicious it can be, plus on how eating vegan can benefit health, environment and animal welfare.
To kick off World Vegan Month, here is a delicious vegan Chocolate Courgette Cake recipe to get you in the mood. Why not indulge in some vegan baking this week end?