Soaps Some soaps will list sodium tallowate, aka animal fat, as an ingredient. L-Oreal, Dove, and Neutrogena soaps hold a "bottom" rating on the animal welfare scale, suggesting they're a company that does animal testing.. Condoms Some condoms are made with casein (the typical latex condom) or lamb intestines. Shampoos/Conditioners Ingredients like amino acids or vitamin B could be plant-based … Continue reading Things you THOUGHT were vegan but aren’t – Part 2
So many everyday products are non-vegan; the most surprising thing that I discovered when I became vegetarian was how many of the "fun" foods contained gelatin, which is derived from animal bones, skin, ligaments, etc. When I learned about how gummy bears were really made, it took the innocence right out of them. This is … Continue reading Things you THOUGHT were vegan but aren’t – Part 1
The world's leading cause of climate change is animal agriculture, an industry contributing more than 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (a conservative estimate). Beef is a huge product among consumers, and the love affair Americans have with the industry valued it at $60 billion (in the U.S. alone) in 2015. There is a financial incentive … Continue reading The Environmental Vegan
Vegans are typically health-conscious individuals who, after cutting meat and dairy products from their diet, also choose to eliminate highly processed foods from their diets, even if those food products are vegan (like Spicy Sweet Doritos, for example). The benefits of following a healthy vegan diet (it's okay to cheat on your diet with vegan guilty … Continue reading Vegan Side Effects: Healthy Brain & Healthy Heart
The world has changed a lot since 2011, a time when being vegan/vegetarian meant you were forced to stick to the appetizer and sides menus at restaurants. In 2017, nearly every restaurant I go to has at least one meatless entree item and choices that accommodate the dairy-free. When I went to this restaurant called … Continue reading Looking at the Menu
When I was a little girl, the Miami Metro Zoo and the Miami Seaquarium ranked among my favorite places to be, right alongside Magic Kingdom and Chef Mickey's. I loved seeing and learning about animals that I would never get to see otherwise. Seeing the king of the jungle hang out in real life at … Continue reading Can Vegans go to the zoo?
When I was 18 years old, my first year of college was drawing to a close and I had a part-time job as a server at the local Denny's (which I quit after 5 months working below the minimum wage) where my lunch consisted of free pancakes and bottomless coffee. I was under-informed and mega broke, but … Continue reading Why you should go Vegan