3. You can still eat out at your favourite restaurants
While vegan options were scarce up until a few years ago, now the majority of chain restaurants either offer a separate vegan menu or multiple choices for those seeking to exclude animal products from their diets.
These days, you definitely won’t be missing out or making a meal out of the garden salad and fries like we used to!
Additionally, fast food options for vegans include the KFC Original Recipe Vegan Burger, the Meatless Meatballs or TLC at Subway, the Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwich at Starbucks, and Burger King’s Vegan Royale – just to name a few.
There is a vegan option pretty much anywhere you look, so you don’t ever need to worry about being caught hungry. There’s almost too much choice!
4. You won’t need to shop at specialist shops
Gone are the days when vegans had to gather their hemp tote bags and head over to their local health food shop to purchase their meat, dairy and egg-free products.
Now, all major UK supermarkets are fully stocked with vegan products. Some even have dedicated vegan aisles for quick and easy free-from shopping!
From ready meals to milk alternatives, yoghurts and cheeses to meat-free meatballs, you can find everything you need at your local mainstream supermarket.
5. You will likely need to take a multivitamin or supplement alongside your diet
While you can find the majority of your essential vitamins and micronutrients naturally in a vegan diet, there are a couple of things that require supplementation. These are vitamin B12, iodine and vitamin D.
There is a common misconception that vitamin B12 is naturally present in animal products. However, it is not naturally occurring in either plant food or animals.
Instead, it is added to meat and dairy products either while the animal is still alive through injections or post-production. This means that there is nothing sub-optimal about taking a B12 supplement on a vegan diet.
Iodine is found in seaweed and algae, and because the fish that humans consume also eats algae, this means that fish products contain high levels of the mineral.
While seaweed products such as wakame and nori do contain small amounts of iodine, it is not enough to attain healthy levels.
Therefore, those on a vegan diet will need to supplement their diet with concentrated sources such as tablets.
Vitamin D can be found in plant foods such as mushrooms and fortified whole grains such as bread and cereals. However, the best source of vitamin D is actually sunlight.
As the UK is cloudy and dull for the majority of the year, it is important for everyone – not just vegans – to supplement the essential nutrient to ensure a healthy body and diet.
All the above nutrients can also be found in fortified dairy alternatives and some mock meat products. However, the easiest and most surefire way to ensure you are ingesting the correct nutrition is to take a multivitamin or direct supplement.