VE­G­ANS

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VE­G­ANS grabbed the head­lines last week when Waitrose mag­a­zine edi­tor William Sitwell re­signed af­ter at­tempt­ing to crack a joke about them.

He quit his role when his re­sponse to a free­lance jour­nal­ist about plant- based recipes went vi­ral and caused of­fence af­ter he quipped about “killing ve­g­ans”.

With the trend swamp­ing our beloved restau­rants, here are 10 things you might not have known about the ten­der world of ve­g­an­ism…

Mayo Clinic re­cently re­ported that switch­ing to a plant- based diet could add up to four years to your life – but they didn’t look into how mis­er­able you’d be. VE­G­AN­ISM is pro­tected un­der Ar­ti­cle 9 of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights – and “Ve­g­an­ism” is an ana­gram of “sav­ing me”. SOY is a pop­u­lar com­po­nent of ve­gan di­ets and in Brazil, which is one of the largest pro­duc­ers of soy beans in the world, farm­ers are chop­ping down the rain­for­est to plant the stuff. VE­G­ANS’ ap­petite for quinoa has pushed up prices to such an ex­tent that poorer peo­ple in Peru and Bo­livia, for whom it was once a nour­ish­ing sta­ple food, can no longer af­ford to eat it. ENGLISH League Two side For­est Green Rovers was of­fi­cially recog­nised as the first ve­gan foot­ball club in 2017 in a bid to im­prove player per­for­mances and give fans a health­ier ex­pe­ri­ence on match days.

time For­mula One cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton and the world’s most suc­cess­ful fe­male ten­nis player Ser­ena Wil­liams both fol­low a ve­gan diet.

word ve­gan ex­isted among sci­ence fic­tion writ­ers way be­fore it was meant for food­ies. It was orig­i­nally used to de­scribe an in­hab­i­tant from the star Vega or its so­lar sys­tem. AN in­hab­i­tant of Las Ve­gas is called a Las Ve­gan. DE­SPITE it be­ing the lat­est health trend, nu­tri­tion­ist Mag­dalena Wsze­laki quizzed al­most 3,000 ve­g­ans and said 70 per cent of them claimed their health had got worse within two years of quit­ting meat. IN the UK, 34 per cent of ve­g­ans ad­mit­ted scoff­ing meat in se­cret when­ever they’d had a drink – the lure of the doner ke­bab is strong.

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