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.