Being a vegan is not only a lifestyle, but it can be a life choice. There are many reasons as well as considerations why someone chooses to be vegan because of respecting the rights of animals, the environment, and health.
Vegan is a diet that only eats plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Vegans do not eat food that comes from animal sources, including animal products, such as milk, eggs, cheese, honey, and others. As a vegan, maybe we have difficulty when choosing a safe dessert menu or dessert. In general, desserts outside contain ingredients that a vegan cannot consume, such as milk, eggs, or butter.
The vegan diet
People who live a vegan lifestyle do not consume food products of animal origin and their derivatives. They only consume food or drink from plants and their derivatives. That means food items such as meat, milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and other ingredients with animal ingredients such as certain food coloring or preservatives are not safe for a vegan. This diet is certainly different from vegetarians, who are still allowed to consume animal-derived products such as honey or eggs. Currently, food options that are safe for vegans are still limited in the market. This is because the vegan diet is relatively new, especially in Indonesia. However, the true vegan diet is not that difficult to live by. Many people think that vegan food and drinks taste bad because the choice of ingredients is very limited. But without us knowing it, various plant-based foods are actually rich in variations in taste, texture, and nutrition. We will therefore outline the following vegan dessert options
- Coconut mango pudding
This one dessert comes from Asian countries. Its soft texture and fresh taste make this mango coconut pudding a perfect dessert.
- Red bean ice
The red bean ice dish is a popular dessert for many people in Indonesia. Its sweet and cold taste is perfect when served in hot weather. Of course, we can make it yourself at home.
- Banana ice cream
Having a vegan diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sweet and creamy ice cream. You can get creative with homemade banana ice cream. How to process it is also very easy.
Benefits of the vegan diet
Due to his diet of eating only plant-based foods, a vegan has the following advantages:
- Lower risk of heart disease
Research shows that vegans are leaner than vegetarians, have lower LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, and also lower blood pressure. Because vegans eat a lot of fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber, folic acid, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, a vegan has lower blood cholesterol. Consumption of whole grains, soybeans, and nuts in vegans can protect against heart disease.
- Reducing the risk of cancer
Vegetables and fruits contain many nutrients that can protect the body from cancer. One of the nutrients found in vegetables and fruits is complex phytochemicals which are known to be useful for preventing cancer. However, because of their diet that does not consume any animal food sources, the bone health of vegans is still a matter of debate.