How a Vegan Diet Works? - Slender Kitchen

How a Vegan Diet Works?

Starting a vegan diet can be intimidating, so it is important to have a solid understand of how to the diet works to make a smooth transition. Use the following information to help you understand the ins and outs of being a vegan and tips for understanding what you can and can't eat.


When following a vegan diet you are eliminating any and all animal products from your diet including meat, poultry, fish, and seafood as well as animal derived products like eggs, dairy, honey, and gelatin. Depending on your current diet this may be a small or rather drastic change. Here are some common foods that vegans can and can't eat.

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Foods Allowed on a Vegan Diet

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Grains including rice, pasta, quinoa, barley, etc.
  • Legumes including beans, lentils, etc.
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Nutritional yeast (often used to mimic cheese flavor)
  • Almond, coconut, and other non-dairy milks
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Seitan
  • Agave syrup, maple syrup, plant based sugar

Foods Not Allowed on a Vegan Diet

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • All animal derived dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Gelatin
  • Casein (a milk derivative sometimes found in soy cheeses)
  • Beeswax
  • Lactose
  • Lanolin
  • Vitamin D3 in fortified juices and drinks which comes from sheep's wool
  • Whey (a protein made from milk)

Generally vegans should be working towards eating balanced diet, which should include a combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes at each meal. Eating whole grains and legumes together helps the body to absorb all the nutrients.

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