Can Vegans Eat This Or That?
What can vegans eat and what can’t they eat? Vegan food is absent if any animal products due to ethical reasons so there goes meat, dairy and eggs! But there’s still more questions because many items are still questionable like honey and some bread. Additionally some people feel that you can ethically eat eggs under the right circumstances. Let’s dive deeper into the topic: can vegans eat eggs, honey, bread, figs, cereal, grits, and sushi?
Can Vegans Eat Eggs?
Vegans do not consume any animal products so technically no they should not eat eggs. Eggs come from chickens therefore they are an animal products. The egg industry is very cruel to the chickens during their lives. They are stuffed in cages or giant warehouses. The kale chicks are killed because they can’t produce eggs. These are the ethical reasons vegans don’t eat eggs.
However there are self claimed vegans who consume eggs from their own chickens. Some people feel as though since their chickens are not being abused and the eggs will go to waste anyways, hey it’s not unethical to eat these eggs.
On the other hand most vegans seem to feel as though: “As long as a hen’s eggs, or her flesh, are considered food, there is the potential for abuse.”
Can vegans eat honey?
In nature, bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants and other insects. They then store it in wax structures called honeycombs (which the bees also make). Stingless bees guard and maintain the honeycomb – which is made of was and resin. Cool huh?
The reason bees make this honey is for survival. In order to have food storage in the colder months when flowers and nectar are scarce. This insures the colonies survival all year round unlike bumble bee colonies in which only the queen survives.
So clearly the bees are not harmed by making the honey but is it ethical to harvest their honey for human consumption? The beekeeping industry obviously involves many practices which disregards the bees’ wellbeing and prioritizes profit. In most large-scale bee keeping companies the colony is killed off after the honey is collected because it’s cheaper than providing for the bees all winter.
Another unethical practice is called ‘smoking out’ the bees when honey is collected. This makes the bees less likely to defend themselves and thus the honey is easier to collect. Additionally other factors such as: shipping the bees around the country, breeding the bees, and the overall disruption of their natural way of life is distressing for them – is ultimately unethical. For all these reasons most vegans consider it wrong to consume honey.
Can vegans eat bread?
For the most part bread that is purchased at the local grocery store is vegan. A standard bread recipe contains 4 simple ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast. Therefor, in its most basic form, yes bread is vegan.
However there are also many brands of bread that have additives. When checking the ingredients on a loaf of bread look for the following non vegan items: milk, butter, buttermilk, whey, or casein. Also Mono and diglycerides fats which are used as emulsifiers to improve texture by retaining moisture. Lecithin is another type of emulsifier used in some bread which can come from soybeans but sometimes is derived from egg yolks.
Can vegans eat figs?
Fig fruits are small tear shaped lobes that grow in bundles of 3-5 per plant. The edible fruit usually have green skin that ripen into purple or brown. Inside the sweet soft maroonish colored flesh contains numerous tiny crunchy seeds.
So figs are fruit, why in earth would anyone think they are not vegan? Well that’s because they also likely contain dead insects! That’s right – fig plants are either male or female- therefore they require wasps to pollinate them. The female fig wasp crawls into the fig via a small narrow hole and loses her wings in the process. She is then trapped and lays her eggs before she dies. The larvae hatch and burrow out carrying pollen with them.
Therefore when you eat figs you are likely consuming wasps – an animal- so technically not vegan. However due to the fact that this is a natural process that happens regardless of human intervention I believe it’s still ethical to eat figs. Maybe I’m wrong but for not this is my though process on the matter.
Can vegans eat cereal?
There are literally 100s if not 1000s of brands of cereal on the market, some of which are vegan and some which are not. Same goes for milk- so yes of course vegan ls can eat cereal! Here is a list of popular cereal brands:
- 365 Everyday Value Organic Morning O’s
- Cap’n Crunch
- Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries
- Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch
- General Mills Fiber One Original
- Kashi Organic Island Vanilla
- Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs
- Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise
- Nature’s Path Rice Puffs
- Quaker Original Life
- Quaker Cinnamon Life
- Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins
- Barbara’s Organic Corn Flakes
- Cascadian Farm Organic Fruitful O’s
- Cascadian Farm Organic Graham Crunch
Can They Eat Grits?
Grits are made out of ground corn that is typically less sweet and starchy AKA dent corn. The dent corn can be yellow or white and are often labeled as such. Originally consumed by Native Americans, grits are a beloved staple in the south.
In their most basic form yet vegans can eat grits! In fact, grits are an affordable nutritious plant based food anyone can enjoy. Just boil them in a water, add your favorite seasoning, and enjoy!
Such is my absolute favorite food! I love the sticky rice, the seaweed, soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger. And guess what? All those ingredients I just mentioned are completely vegan! Some standard vegan sushi rolls you can get at any sushi restaurant include:
- Avocado roll
- Cucumber roll
- Avocado cucumber roll
- Veggie roll
- Tempeh veggie roll
Other vegan options you can likely find at a sushi restaurant include:
- Miso soup
- Tofu noodles
- Tempeh veggies
Or you can make your own vegan sushi at home! its easier than it sounds.
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