Vegan & Vegetarian

Diets That Work

Vegan Fruit Basket
A veggie burger contains NO MEAT at all.  The pattie in a veggie burger is made from non-animal ingredients such as beans, especially soybeans and tofu, nuts, grains, seeds or fungi such as mushrooms.

Many veggie burgers are made from vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (like beans or lentils). These are very good for you as they provide fibre and a variety of the vitamins and minerals that are essential. Some packaged veggie burgers can also be a good on a healthy eating plan.

MacDonalds do not sell a veggie burger in the UK, nor in the USA, although their nearest competitor, Burger King do.  MacDonalds do however offer a range of vegetarian meals, including burgers, in India.
Veggie Burger
with Asparagus

There are several

Types of Vegetarian

Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs; this is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products but avoid eggs.

Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy.
Vegans do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other animal products.

Both vegetarians and vegans do not eat meat products, and often any product that is derived from an animal, such as dairy products or honey. Many VEGETARIANS do accept animal products such as cheeses or additives from in sect, including honey.  Their vegetarianism is a diet, whereas VEGANISM is, in general, a lifestyle, often based on the belief that we should not rear or hunt animals for food.
The Vegetarian Society
defines a vegetarian as:

"A vegetarian is someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fungi, algae, yeast and/or some other non-animal-based foods (e.g. salt) with, or without, dairy products, honey and/or eggs.

A vegetarian does not eat foods that consist of, or have been produced with the aid of products consisting of or created from, any part of the body of a living or dead animal. This includes meat, poultry, fish, shellfish*, insects, by-products of slaughter** or any food made with processing aids created from these."

Vegan and Veg


Vegans avoid all foods that are derived from animals.  This usually includes both meat and fish, poultry too. 

Vegans not only avoid eating animals, but also animal products, such as eggs,  dairy products like milk and cheeses, as well as insect produced ingredients, such as honey.

Vegans also will avoid any animal by-products like rennet which is used in making cheese, gelatine (much used in desserts) and certain E numbers including the red food dye cochineal (E120) which is made from ants.

Even certain vegetarian foods, such as some meat substitutes, are off the menu because they contain egg and sometimes dairy.

Top Soho eatery

will go vegan

A leading London restaurant, much slated for serving 20 kilos of foie gras only a few years ago, has announced that it will go totally vegan over the next year or so.

Gauthier Soho (it's in Romilly Street, W1) currently has a number of meat dishes on its a la carte menu. This includes lobster and caviar, Barbary duck and 'fresh' Atlantic cod  however 75% of its menu is already vegan.  Chef patron, Alexis Gauthier has already gone vegan personaly, and says he will be abandoning dishes prepared from 'creatures with eyes', mostly by the end of 2018.

The move (and Gauthier's own veganism) is thought to be in response to a number of high profile demonstrations by PETA  (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals)
A vegan diet is usually accepted to be a healthy one and is even believed by some to help reduce the risk of a variety of ailments. Among these are heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, potentially some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

While a vegan lifestyle may protect you from some problems,   it is important that you plan your meals and snacks carefully in order to be quite sure that you get adequate nutrition. The body has a variety of needs, not all of which can be met immediateley from readilly available plants.

To be properly balanced, vegans need to supplement the locally fresh plant produce they eat. The diets followed by most vegetarian and vegans can be healthy, but they often lack certain nutrients.

It is very important that we get enough protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin B12. Many of these nutrients can be found in eggs and dairy if you're vegetarian, and from plant sources if you're vegan but it takes a lot of knowledge and some creativity to accomplish it.
Many lacto-ovo vegetarians will only eat free-range eggs. This is because of welfare objections to the intensive farming of hens.

Through its Vegetarian Society Approved trademark scheme, the Vegetarian Society licenses its trademark to products containing free-range eggs where eggs are used.

Pescaterianists will eat fish, but not other flesh covered animals.   Most pescetarians will maintain a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet with the addition of fish and shellfish, described as "fish but no other meat"

More vegan outlets beginning in East London
A second major Vegan restaurant is to open in Shoreditch (East London) this autumn by leading operators RAW IMAGINATION.

The restaurant in Commercial street will be called GENESIS and feature street food dishes made with organic ingredients.

The menu will also offer vegan hot dogs  and burgers, including the American Woman specialities and Bombay ban mhi Hot Dogs. They will also be offering a range of healthy drinks available, including kombuch, cold-pressed juices and cocktails.

The founders of the enterprise are Oliver and Alex Santoro, who founded the raw food "grab and go" Raw Imagination company in 2013.
Raw VBegan image logo
Karris McCulloch is one of the co-founders and the Managing Director of TVK - The Vegan Kind.

Karris has been a lifelong animal lover and passionate vegan.  She wants to introduce as many people as possible of the huge benefits that Vegan life can bring and is making some amazing offers of introductory boxes of Vegan foods and Vegan beauty products. 

Glasgow based TVK stock a full range of Vegan products and books, though many of the top Vegan titles are temporarily out of print, such is the demand.

They also distribute a dozen much sought after supplements and vitamins, including Omega 3, Spirulina, B12, Bilberry, Lecithin and Supergreens.
The Vegan Kind Owner


The company was born out of sheer frustration because there are hardly any high quality vegan supplements. Many companies use substandard ingredients and produce below par products.

Vegan Power Nutrition's aim has always been to provide customers with the best products, with the best ingredients, all at a great price. Their products aren’t the cheapest, because they're not content to give you the lowest priced products at the expense of quality.

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