Once veganism was widely associated with animal rights activists, the health conscious and the religious. But now more and more people are dabbling with a vegan diet, albeit temporarily. Why?
To a committed carnivore, adopting a vegan diet – no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs – sounds like a dramatic step.
But a growing trend for giving up all animal products doesn’t involve going vegan forever. Nor does it even require being morally opposed to eating meat.
For a start, I’m neither vegan nor carnivore. I’m an omnivore. Animal fat does need reducing from the levels many westerners eat but that doesn’t mean it need be expunged entirely. Reduce red meat – OK, but need it be eliminated on health grounds?