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What is a vegan diet?

A vegan diet is one that does not include any animal products (meat, poultry, fish, dairy cheese, eggs, etc.) and is plant based. If a food has a mother or a face, or comes from something that has a mother or a face, then it's not vegan. A healthy vegan diet is one that is based on whole foods (vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains), rather than refined processed foods. 
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
A vegan diet is one that is strictly plant-based and one that does not include any animal products (excludes eggs, dairy, poultry, fish, meat). 
Those who abstain from all animal products, including milk, cheese and eggs, are called pure vegetarians or vegans. The word vegan is a contraction of the word vegetarian, and was first coined in the UK during the 1940s. People may choose to become vegan to protect the rights of animals, or for environmental, spiritual, or health reasons. Raw, organic fruits and vegetables are a large part of the vegan diet, and a good juicer is found frequently in vegan kitchens.

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