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Five ways going vegan could change your social life – not just your health

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As veganism grows in popularity, researchers are documenting its positive impacts on individual health, public health, animal welfare and even the fashion industry.

In 2018, one in six new food products in the UK was vegan, and the “Veganuary” campaign has become increasingly popular. These market trends attest to veganism’s staying power.

Beyond the well-documented health and environmental benefits, going vegan can also affect our social relationships.

In my recently published research, I interviewed 16 vegans in Britain about how veganism changed their lives. I learned that vegans are constantly finding that their new lifestyle choices can clash with their life before veganism – especially in social interactions. Here are five ways this manifests:

Just a few years ago, when veganism was largely unheard of, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow (who recently claimed she “invented” veganism) were the public face of plant-based eating.

Celebrities often cite the vegan diet as the reason they stay slim, beautiful and feel good, but are also quick to give it up.

A widely-cited statistic claims 84% of people will give up on veganism, but these claims have been refuted. A major investigation by the World Health Organization and Oxford University found almost the reverse to be true: 85% of people continued to be vegan after 20 years.

It’s no surprise then, with these confusing........

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