Eggs and the Vegan Diet

Veganism is different from vegetarianism. For the vegan, all animal products are unsuitable for consumption, whereas for the vegetarian, meat and fish cannot be eaten, but other animal products such as milk and eggs can be consumed because they are not animals themselves, but products of them. Evidence to date suggests that vegans have significant shortfalls in their diet with regard to certain nutrients, and that vegetarianism is a healthier option. Some vegans claim that they do not eat animal products because of the suffering of the animals. This is personal choice and something that must be respected, although the argument is flawed in some respects. In particular, there is no real evidence that chickens suffer through laying eggs, and in fact chickens appear to enjoy being in an environment where they can roam, feed and become broody. Therefore whilst veganism is a personal choice, the arguments that justify it are sometimes flawed, and the nutritional value of the diet should sometimes be called into question. 

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Robert Barrington is a writer, nutritionist, lecturer and philosopher.
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