These days it seems as though every one is going vegan. But why? What’s the point and why are so many people trying it? To celebrate the month of January (better known as 'Veganuary') at The Gamekeeper’s Inn, we thought we’d shed a bit more light on why someone might choose to try or even switch over entirely to a vegan diet.
As the old saying goes, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
For Your Own Health
A properly structured vegan diet contains all the essential nutrients and vitamins your body needs to be healthy and happy despite the common misconception that a vegan diet lacks protein due to the lack of meat and dairy. In fact, even the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have recognised that a proper vegan diet has links to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower rates of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and even reducing the risk of various types of cancer. Food for thought indeed!
For The TASTE!
Many people dread the thought of giving up meat and dairy and cannot fathom never being able to devour their favourite burger again. You’d be pleasantly surprised just how varied and incredibly delicious vegan food can be. There are tens-of-thousands of vegan recipes you can follow online to faithfully recreate your favourite dishes at home without supporting battery farming or other exploitative practices in the meat production industry. We’d recommend @littlemissmeatfree who was written a series of fantastic vegan recipe books you can check out. Why not also visit us this January and sample our brand-new vegan menu prepared by our talented kitchen team for this month only?
For The Planet
We don’t want to get too political here but it’s a big part of why so many of us choose to go vegan. The production of meat and dairy products has a devastating impact on our planet and the people that work in the industry across the globe. For example, in Brazil, a total of 5.6 million acres of land is used to grow soya beans to feed livestock in Europe. This has contributed to the massive deforestation efforts in the country destroying vast amounts of natural rainforest, habitat and contributing to the extinction of animals. With significantly less amounts of crops and water needed to sustain a vegan’s diet, making the switch is a great way to reduce your impact on the earth’s natural resources.
So, there are three strong arguments for you to at least give vegan food a try this month. If your New Year’s Resolution is to do something new, why not come down to The Gamekeeper’s Inn and try our Veganuary menu.