More Aussies are tossing lentil and tofu on to the barbie and in doing so, they are choosing a vegan lifestyle as a way of avoiding animal products.
Vegans avoid eating meat and wearing clothing made from leather or animal hide.
They can still eat stir-fries, pasta, rice and beans, curry, sushi, salads, pad thai, quinoa and pizza. None of these rely on animal products.
Vegans also eat French toast, waffles, burgers, soup, wraps, stew, sandwiches, biscuits, non-dairy ice cream, cakes and even pies.
Vegan food can be inexpensive and quick to prepare using ingredients found in supermarkets such as fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices.
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But they have to beware because animal products can be found in plastic bags, car and bike tyres, glue in woodwork and musical instruments, biofuels, fireworks, fabric softener, hair shampoo and conditioner, white and brown sugar and even toothpaste can all contain animal by-products, meaning a change in lifestyle should one become a vegan.
In Australia, an increasing number of nutritionists and health professionals claim animal products may be harmful to our health because they take longer to digest.
Research has shown a healthy vegan diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and diabetes, some of Australia's top killers.
Are you ready to take up the challenge to avoid all animal products?