Beginners' Guide

October 5, 2019

Animal ingredients in cosmetic products

By-products from slaughterhouses are not only disposed of in food but also find a new purpose in cosmetic products. The problem: these animal components are hardly recognizable to people who are not in the industry, like you or me. In order not to discourage customers, manufacturers avoid naming ingredients such as "hydrolyzed animal protein" and use "hydrolyzed collagen" instead. This is frustrating for the consumer, who is often unsure of the technical terms and thus insecure. Today, collagen products are used in cosmetics in the form of creams, where they are mainly used to reduce skin aging. The collagen used for this purpose is mostly extracted from pig skin but jellyfish can also be used for collagen production.

Other animal products

Other animal components that can be found in cosmetic products are amino acids and fatty acids, which are obtained from cell tissue. Another hidden name for fatty acids that can be of animal origin is linoleic ac...

September 22, 2019

Fear #1: But I'm not a hippie!

Most vegans aren't alternative, anti-vaccines, capitalist-hating, twice-a-week-protesting hippies. Just like any religion or movement, there are always the extremes that end up on the news and become the face of the religion or movement. Not every vegan starts off every conversation with facts about animal abuse and 1% capitalists ruining our forests just for agriculture for meat and dairy productions. Most of us are living our best and quiet lives and minding our own business. You can be whatever kind of vegan you want to be

Many vegan bodybuilders are thriving off of just fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. and some don't even take unnatural supplements. Not all mommy-vegans refuse to vaccinate their kids and feed them acai bowls and raw vegetables daily. Not all yoga-instructing vegans meditate with goats every morning and let mosquitos bite them because "they need their food". Not all off-grid vegans live with rats in the middle of a forest because...

March 30, 2018

#1 More veggies = more fibre and water

Just eating plant-based alone automatically increases your fibre and water intake. Even if you eat vegan junk food. This is because most plants naturally have insoluble fibre, which makes the digestive flow much easier and thus prevents cancers and other intestinal diseases.

A high-fibre diet also makes you feel full longer. This helps regulate your blood sugar levels and prevents constipation, diarrhea and acid reflux. For people who are starting a vegan diet, the sudden high fibre intake may cause digestive issues for the first week or two. This is absolutely normal since the body needs to get used to that sudden change! To help that issue, make sure you drink a lot of water and don’t forget to include some healthy fats to help lubricate the digestive tracts.

#2 Antibiotics from meat = not good for our digestion

We all had to take antibiotics in some time in our lives due to bacterial infections we may have gotten. One huge side effect in taking...

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