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Vegan lifestyle: there are differences in everyday life
Vegans are not all vegans. There are clear differences in the way of life, a survey of the internet platform vegan.eu showed. 3,700 people between the ages of 14 and 88, mostly women, provided information about their everyday habits.
A total of 15 different areas of life were surveyed in addition to not eating meat, fish, milk and eggs. For example, 95 percent of those surveyed do not eat foods containing gelatin that is made from animal proteins. For example, gelatin is found in many sweets, puddings and semi-fat margarines. Around 86 percent do without goods with additives of animal origin. The dye carmine (E 120), for example, is obtained from scale insects, and the starting product for lysozyme (E 1105) is usually egg white. Almost 80 percent do not wear leather products. 74 percent do not eat honey, do not buy silk products and do not visit a zoo or circus.
Around 73 percent do not use beverages clarified with gelatin, which is common practice with clear apple juice. 70 percent reject wool products. 45 percent pay attention to the freedom from animal products when it comes to medicines and 36 percent even with paints and glues. A quarter do not buy casein products - the protein part of milk that is processed into cheese.
On average, vegans do without animal products in 9 of a total of 15 areas of their lives. Only 4 percent were consistent in all areas surveyed.
Apparently the vegan way of life is a development process. Most people first opt for a vegetarian and later for a vegan diet. For many, their habits change over the years: the longer they eat vegan, the more consistently they pay attention to the exclusion of animal products in everyday life and include more areas. Motivation makes a clear difference: If people choose a lifestyle for health reasons, they are less consistent in everyday life than vegans with animal ethical motives. (Heike Kreutz, aid)