Author: Joanne Fairbrother

Vegan Nutrition Grapefruit

Vitamins

What is a vitamin? A vitamin is an organic compound required as a nutrient in tiny amounts. A compound is called a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by the body...

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Vegan Nutrition Lentils

Protein / Amino Acids

The most common question most vegans are asked about their diet is, ‘but where do you get your protein?’ Unfortunately, most people confuse meat with protein, and assume that vegans therefore aren’t getting enough....

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Iron

What is iron? Iron is a metal that is essential to humans, primarily because of the role it plays in mediating red blood cells in the body. While plant-based sources of iron (non-heme iron)...

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Vegan Nutrition Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids

What are essential fatty acids? Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are a group of saturated fatty acids that your body needs for several important purposes, including cellular functions, mood and behaviour modulation, dealing with inflammation...

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Vitamin B12

What is vitamin B12? Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin(e) because it contains cobalt, is a very important essential nutrient: among other things we use it to synthesise red blood cells and maintain the...

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Vegan Nutrition Calcium

Calcium

What is calcium? Calcium is a metal that combines with phosphate in our bodies to form hydroxylapatite, which is the mineral portion of human and animal bones and teeth. It is a vital part...

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Health Reasons for Going Vegan

The case for a balanced plant-based diet has been exhaustively argued by many qualified nutritionists and other professionals. Vegan diets are widely supported as perfectly healthy for all people, at all stages of life,...

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Vegan Ethics - Sheep Wool

The Cruelty Behind Wool

What’s wrong with wool you ask? “Well on the surface, it appears that wool is a benign product because, at least theoretically it can be obtained without harming the sheep. However upon a closer...

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Vegan Ethics Silk

The Truth About Silk

Silk is a protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. Today, China and Japan are the two main producers, together accounting for more than 50% of global production each year....

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Vegan Ethics - Leather

What’s Wrong with Leather?

Are you a vegan? Vegetarian? If so then I expect that you already have your views on why leather is ‘bad’. It is a by-product, sometimes referred to as a co-product, of the animal...

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Vegan Ethics - Fur

Fur Cruelty

Fur coats and fur consumer products are found all around the world. Animals that are trapped or farmed for these products range from minks, foxes, chinchillas, lynxes and raccoons to dogs, cats, rabbits and...

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Vegan Living - Vegan Foods in South Africa

Vegan Food in South Africa

Please note that none of the products on this list (except where otherwise specified) are officially endorsed by the South African Vegan Society. We rely completely on companies and manufacturers to supply us with...

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