Hey everyone! Here is the organization of my data for this week. (I like formatting my ideas into the blog site rather than a pdf.) Hope you enjoy!
Research Question #1: What does it mean to become a vegan?
Define: A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products. Although there are several different types of vegans who follow their own specified rules, the general basis of being a vegan is surrounded by not eating or using animal-based products.
Claim 1: Why go Vegan? Many people decide to go vegan because of the horrid treatment and abuse by frustrated workers that animals receive before being slaughtered. Before being slaughtered, these animals can hear, see, and smell the blood of their fellow species being slaughtered. Some vegans believe, “Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom.” -The Vegan Society (https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan).
Claim 2: Vegans also decide to go vegan for health reasons. Many believe that the vegan lifestyle is healthier than those consuming meat and animal based products. Studies have shown that vegan diets have both health benefits and risks. “More and more people are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin and eternal youth are just some of the claims from enthusiastic plant eaters. Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world’s biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.” -The Vegan Society (https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan).
Claim 3: Vegans also believe that this lifestyle is a benefit to the environment. “From recycling our household rubbish to cycling to work, we’re all aware of ways to live a greener life. One of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.” -The Vegan Society (https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan).
-Peta also has an interesting article listing their top 10 reasons of going vegan: http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-10-reasons-go-vegan-new-year/
Research Question #2: What are some of the health benefits and health risks of a vegan diet?
Define: A vegan diet has both health benefits and health risks.
Claim 1: Some health benefits attributed to the vegan diet are the reduced risks of several variations of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Vegan diets contain nuts and vegetables while eliminating dairy and meat reduces the risk of heart disease and different variations of diabetes. Colon cancer is another known reduced risk while on a vegan diet. Here is the link to a website that lists 57 health benefits of the vegan diet: http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/.
Claim 2: There are not only nutritional benefits but also physical benefits to the vegan diet. Many believe that vegan diets promote weight loss, increase energy levels, and maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Claim 3: Some of the health risks of a vegan diet include being vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies from the lack of vitamins and minerals that our body receives from sources of meat and dairy. Many doctors and nutritionists recommend vegans to take supplements to provide the lost B-12, calcium, and vitamin D. “The problems associated with a plant-based diet can come from not shopping wisely and not knowing how to compensate for nutrients missed from animal products. “If you do not have a plan in place for getting the nutrients found in animal sources through vegetarian sources, you can come up short on protein, B12, calcium, vitamin D, and others,” says Lona Sandon, RD, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.”- http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/the-potential-health-risks-of-a-vegetarian-diet.aspx
Research Question #3: How do vegans use technology and social media to maintain and/or promote their lifestyle?
Define: There are several online communities that are used as support systems to encourage and support one another on venturing into the journey of becoming a vegan.
Claim 1: There are several instagram accounts that i posted in the previous week, that post vegan recipes and supstitutes for specific foods. These accounts are used as support systems to motivate one another and also give out tips and suggestions about maintaining this lifestyle.
Claim 2: There are also blogs and forums that are used as support systems. This one is a fan favorite titled ‘Kiss Me I’m Vegan!’ http://kissmyvegan.blogspot.com/p/my-favorites.html. This blog also has several videos and updates from the perspective of someone on the journey of going vegan.
Claim 3: Celebrities also have a prominent influence in the vegan lifestyle and diet. I went on buzzfeed and searched vegan celebrities and found several witty but interesting articles about vegan celebrities. For starters, Beyonce has started her own vegan delivery service. Here is the link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kimberleydadds/if-i-were-a-soy#.jfeBN6zmx. Here also is the link to Beyonce’s actual website. http://www.22daysnutrition.com/. There are several other buzzfeed articles about vegan celebrities and they’re quite entertaining, if you have some time, check them out here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/search?q=vegan+celebrities.