YOU MAY HEAR ABOUT THIS SOON: Being ‘veggan’ is the latest LONDON diet trend in plant-based eating
The term describes a person who is largely vegan but still has eggs.
It’s generally adopted by people who like eating vegan but can’t bar to give up eggs.
They either simply enjoy eating them or believe they’d benefit from the protein content to supplement their nutrition.
Vicky Hadley, who is lifestyle features writer for Healthista, says: ‘I like the veggan diet as I prefer healthier plant-based natural food. However I will eat organic free-range eggs to get an added boost of protein.’
Each large egg contains 6g of protein, which is 13% of the RDA for women (11% for an average man).
While dairy and meat – especially processed meat – have received their fair share of flack from health authorities, eggs have enjoyed positive press after their high cholesterol content was deemed not dangerous.
The British Heart Foundation says you can eat seven eggs a week as part of a balanced diet.
But Jimmy Pierce, spokesperson for The Vegan Society, says eating eggs is not vegan.
‘Buying eggs from any source reinforces the perception that eggs are desirable and should feature in our diets, which is not the case: eggs are not ours to take, hens can’t give their consent, and nutritionally we don’t need to eat them.’
Not-quite-veganism is rife and includes terms such as flexivegans (people who eat animal-free part-time), and pegans (who cross a paleo diet with veganism).
Vegganism is the latest in these trends.