Biomedical scientist and blogger answers your questions | Veganism

I am Somi Igbene, a biomedical scientist and a vegan food and wellness blogger. I enjoy sharing vegan food recipes and wellness tips on my blog and on my Instagram page to help others live a healthier lifestyle. You can find out more here

When people become vegan, what motivation do they have to become vegan? For example, wanting animals to be treated the same or not wanting to eat meat just because they don’t like it etc. 

From: Magicalbunny3816 | Crampton Primary School

Not everyone has the same reason for going vegan. Some people do it because they don’t want to hurt animals. I chose to become vegan for health reasons. After I had my baby daughter, my throat started to itch all the time. My GP told me I may have developed allergies to something in my diet. I choose to remove all of the animal products in my diet and once I did that my throat got better and the discomfort disappeared. I decided to stick with a vegan diet after that experience. 

I understand why people want to be vegetarian as they don’t want animals to be killed, but to be vegan means you can’t eat anything produced by animals. Don’t you think that’s a step too far? 

From: -JoJoSays- | Michael Faraday School

Once again, it depends on your reason for wanting to become vegan. If animal products are harmful to your health, not eating them will not seem extreme. But if you’re only choosing not to eat them because it is a trend, it will seem too extreme. There are so many other non-animal foods you can eat, you won’t miss the animal products at all.   

"I think there are so many other non-animal foods you can eat, you won’t miss the animal products at all."

Somi Igbene, biomedical scientist and wellnessbloger

When vegan, how do people receive the vitamins and protein they would have got from meat? 

From: AgentKitty | St Peter's Primary School

You can get all the protein you need from beans, lentils, vegetables especially green vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Fruits also contain small amounts of proteins as do starchy foods like rice, couscous, and potatoes.  Fruits and vegetables will also provide all the vitamins you need. The only vitamin you can’t get from a vegan diet is vitamin B12. But you can get this by drinking soya, almond or cashew milk, by taking a vitamin pill or by adding special yeasts like nutritional yeast to your meals. 

Does anyone else think that it is unfair that people with health needs have to pay different amounts of money for the food they need compared to the food they would buy when they didn’t have the health issues?  We all think that it is really unfair! We wanna know what you think. We wonder if you think it is unfair or if it is fair?

From: Hungrywold and unicornburger| St Gregory's Primary School

I think it is very unfair too.  I think that nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables should be priced the same as food that are not as nutritious. It will make it so much easier for everyone to eat good food all the time and not wait until they have health issues before making good choices. 

6 Comments

  1. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    If being a vegan is such a healthy diet why don’t doctors recommend it?
    Sluglove123

    • Ben Jonson Primary School Ben Jonson Primary School

      I think that this is because eating meat is also healthy but vegetables are more healthy. So the fats, minerals and iron in animals are very important for our well being. So if we were vegans either we would miss out on the iron, minerals and fats or it might just be harder to replace to stay healthy.

      The darkshadow

  2. What does it take to become a vegan? Do you think it involves a lot of dedication and belief, or do you simply switch for the sake of being healthy? Do you think a carnivore could just became a vegan easily?
    RiverSmith06

  3. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    If you could change 1 thing about veganism, what would it be?

    Beauty

  4. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    What is the most positive outcome for veganism?
    Do you ever find to hard to explain to people who are against veganism about choosing to be a vegan?
    Sluglove123

  5. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    Do you ever find to hard to explain to people who are against veganism about choosing to be a vegan?
    Sluglove123

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