What Are The Alternatives To Dairy And Eggs In Vegan Eating?
There are a large number of milk products available that are an alternative to dairy milk. These are commonly found in the vegan diet.
Image: Just a few milk alternatives. With so many, why would anyone with any humanity choose a milk that causes so much suffering?!
My personal favourite is Alpro (Also Known as Provamel) Cashew milk. Out of all the milk alternatives I’ve tried – which is most of them – the Alpro Cashew milk has the most subtle taste, and is nearest in taste to cows milk. It is lovely to drink on its own and great to have in other things. I can get it reasonably priced from my local supermarket.
I have tried many milk alternatives. and quite like Rice Dreams rice milk too, as it reminds me of the taste of creamy rice pudding, although it is not as sweet as that. There is also soya milk, a favourite of many people. To me, this has a slight woody, wholemeal taste, not as sweet as rice milk, and not a favourite of mine. The taste does vary from brand to brand, and Alpro Soya Milk, when it is the fresh refridgerated kind, has a less woody taste.
Additionally, there is coconut milk. Almond milk, hazelnut milk, Hemp milk, oat milk, and others.
Image: Reasons to avoid dairy
There are dairy free margarines and sunflower spreads avaiable, such as Pure, Vitalite Dairy Free, and Flora Freedom. Look out for what kind of vitamin D is in products though: Vitamin D3 is animal derived, whereas vitamin D2 is vegan.
There are a number of vegan cheese brands available, such as Daiya, Sheese, Violife, Vegusto, Cheezly, Vegan Gourmet, and Wilmersburger, Tyne Cheese, and more. They have many different types and flavours. There will be many you do not like, but you will find some you do.
Image: Just a few of the vegan cheeses available
Buying eggs, or hens, means you are automatically funding a cruel industry that kills countless one day old chicks by grinding them up alive, or suffocating them. This is just because they happen to be male, and of no use to the egg industry.
A vegan option is to use an egg replacement product such as The Vegg Egg Yolk.
There is also The Vegg Scrambled Eggs and Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg.
There are also other vegan egg replacement products including:
Orgran No Egg
Orgran Vegan Easy Egg
Free & Easy Egg Replacer
You can find other brands in your local health food shop.
For baking, you can also use ingredients such as ground chia or flax seeds, banana, vegan cola. apple sauce, vegetable oil.
The only cruelty free way to continue to consume actual eggs, is if you can purchase ex-battery hen eggs from somebody who has adopted ex-battery hens, saving them from being slaughtered. Alternatively, you could adopt ex-battery hens yourself if you have the room.
Hundreds of thousands of battery hens are regularly slaughtered after spending a hellish life in a tiny cage, never able to properly spread their wings, and never being let out. a very lucky few who get rescued and adopted get to avoid the horrific terror and agony of slaughter, and instead get to have the nice retirement they more than deserve.
Image: Before and after rescued ex-battery hens, from Homes For Hens
To find out about adopting ex-battery hens, see the links below, depending on which country you are based in.
Alternatively, put a search term such as “Adopt battery hens” or “rescue ex-battery hens” in to a search engine. There are many small local hen rescues, as well as larger ones covering wider areas.
Fresh Start For Hens
British Hen Welfare Trust
Homes For Hens
Here are some tips if you would like to adopt some ex-battery hens.
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