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The Best Destinations for Vegans

Those who adopt a vegan diet in Australia would have most likely established places to eat locally and possibly interstate when traveling. When it comes to eating when traveling internationally it may be a different story. Below are several of the best destinations to visit as a vegan.

in Taiwan more than 10 percent of the population are vegetarian due to the government initiatives and healthy eating promotion. Therefore vegetarian and vegan restaurants are easily found and at a discount price.

well known for their love of vegetable curries and other dishes mainly served with potato and rice. In the north of India there may be more dairy found in their dishes but this isn’t a problem in the south.

Most of the great vegetarian and vegan dishes from the Middle East can easily be found in Jordan. These dishes include mezze, hummus, baba ghanoush and many other vegetable and bean dishes.

Sri Lanka
A huge range of vegetarian curries usually served with rice can easily be found in Sri Lanka, as well as other vegetables not typically found in Australia such as breadfruit and gourds

Southern Italy
Generally in Italian meals cheese is heavily used but in southern area of the country vegetables often dominate the dishes. Delicious tomatoes, aubergines, chickpeas and Mediterranean vegetables are easily found.

many Ethiopians are Orthodox Christians and thus fast on animal products twice a week as well as on religious holidays, finding vegan and vegetarian meals in Ethiopia isn’t an issue. Also their national dish is a bread called injera which is vegan.

in the United States California (especially Los Angeles) paves the way for alternative meals. Vegan and vegetarian foods such as smoothie’s salads and other global dishes aren’t hard to find.


Weight Loss: Vegan – Vegetarian – Omnivorous?

A recent study done by has focus on the recorded weight loss of those who ate a vegan, vegetarian, modified vegetarian or omnivorous diet. There were no calorie limits with the food you ate just the restrictions of each unique diet.

The study took a sample of overweight adults who wanted to lose weight and they were randomly assigned to one of five diets; Vegan, Vegetarian, Pesco-Vegetarian (seafood included), Semi-Vegetarian (red meat once a week, poultry no more than five times a week) and Omnivorous (no restriction).

The participants were allowed nuts an nut butters but were advised to limit their intake, they didn’t have to count their calories or increase their activity levels but just focus on eating low-fat, low GI foods. After the six month diet was completed the results were found as follows.

Diet Type

Average weight loss

Vegan (no animal products)

3.4 KG

Vegetarian (no animal meat)

2.9 KG

Pesco-Vegetarian (seafood included)

1.5 KG

Semi-Vegetarian (red meat once, poultry only allowed five times)

1.5 KG

Omnivorous (no restrictions at all)

1.4 KG

So from the results you can see that a vegetarian and vegan diet on average lost twice as much weight as the others. The researchers believed this was due to the vegan and vegetarian diets being simpler and thus easier to sick by.

What if the whole world became vegetarian?


Recently SBS highlighted an article published by The article looked at a study that asked the question of what would happen to the planet if all the people adopted a vegetarian or vegan diet. The question was asked by because of the rapidly increasing population and thus the increased consumption of animal products. The consequences of this increased consumption on climate change, pollution and land use could be catastrophic.

The animal product industry is one of the top contributors to climate change, directly and indirectly contributing to roughly 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009 researchers from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency looked at three projections of greenhouse gas emissions. They were if people ate less meat, no meat or no animal products at all.  

The predictions showed that universal veganism would reduce agricultural-related carbon emissions by 17 percent, methane emissions by 24 percent and nitrous oxide emissions by 21 percent. Universal vegetarianism would result in similarly impressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The most impressive fact found from the study was that all this would be achieved at a much lower cost than carbon taxes and renewable energy technology.

The study wasn’t trying to look at a possible goal for the future because getting all people to become vegetarian or vegan would be impossible. The Researchers also didn’t take into account other socio-economic implications that might arise. The study was done primarily to look at how vegetarianism and veganism can contribute to more sustainable future for the environment.

For more check out the full SBS article at the link below: