Vegan Glossary

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Agave
Agave nectar, syrup, or simply agave is a natural sweetener that can replace honey in recipes. It contains more nutrients than some vegan-friendly sugar alternatives because it is extracted from the agave plant.
Aquafaba
The water in which legumes, mainly chickpeas, have been boiled is known as aquafaba. The proteins and other soluble ingredients in the beans combine to form a viscous liquid that can be used in place of egg whites.
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Calcium
Calcium is an essential mineral that is necessary for a variety of bodily activities. Calcium intake is frequently linked to the consumption of cow’s milk. Many people are unaware of other calcium-rich meals outside cow’s milk. You can get calcium as a vegan from green, leafy vegetables – such as broccoli, cabbage and
fortified unsweetened soya, rice and oat drinks, calcium-set tofu, sesame seeds and tahini.
Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a type of seed native to North America that are high in fiber, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. They also work well in vegan desserts and as a vegan egg alternative in various meals.
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Dietary Vegan
A dietary vegan is someone who eats a plant-based diet but isn’t vegan in other parts of their life, such as clothing, cosmetics. Rather than the ethical implications of veganism, most dietary vegans are driven by health concerns.
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E Numbers
E numbers are codes denoting permitted food additives that can be used for a variety of purposes, including flavor, color, and preservation. Many are vegan, but there are plenty of non-vegan options as well.
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Fruitarian
A person following a plant-based diet in which they primarily consume fruits and possibly nuts.
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Miso
Miso is a fermented soy product that can be used in a variety of vegan dishes, the most renowned of which is miso soup.
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Nori
Nori is a type of seaweed that is rich in iodine and vitamin B12 and is a good, safe source of both. You can often see nori sheets being used as sushi wrappers.
Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast, is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, that is sold commercially as a food product. It is often used in vegan cooking as it has vitamin B12 and adds a cheesy flavor to food. Nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It also contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
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Raw Vegan
Someone who consumes a plant-based diet without cooking the food. It is defined by how no food is heated above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Foods are eaten fresh, dehydrated with low heat or fermented.
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Vegan
Veganism: a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or anything else. A vegan is a person who aims to live by this philosophy and avoid harming animals in any way possible.
Veganism
Veganism: a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or anything else.
Vegetarian
A person who does not eat meat or fish, and sometimes other animal products. However, unlike vegans, vegetarians often consume eggs, dairy and may purchase clothes or items that are not vegan.
Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that aids in the health of your body’s blood and nerve cells, as well as the production of DNA, which is the genetic material found in all of your cells. Vegan or not, it is always a good idea to supplement with B12 for optimal health.
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