Here at Everything But The Ham, we’re not just pro-people, we’re pro-life. That’s why this month we’re hosting our first of many VEGAN events.
So what exactly is vegan? Vegan food contains no animal or fish products, at all. That means no milk, butter or yoghurt (unless it’s made from a coconut of course!).
It might take more than one event to tell you everything there is to know about the wonderful world of veganism, but here are 5 random facts that might surprise you:
1. The term ‘Vegan’ was first used in 1944
In 1944, as the rest of the world was battling the Nazis and dealing with death; six non-dairy vegetarians in Britain had more important things on their mind. Donald Watson and his five pals were busy creating a new movement of veggies that would eliminate all animal products from their diet. “Non-dairy vegetarians” wasn’t too catchy either, and the other names they came up with like ‘benevore’ and ‘vitan’ were just weird. So they ditched the ‘etari’ from vegetarian to make ‘veg-an’.
2. Loads of things you thought were vegan aren’t even vegetarian!
Worcestershire sauce, marshmallows and even figs are avoided by vegans and vegetarians in-the-know. Why? Worcestershire sauce, delicious though it may is packed full of anchovies, marshmallows contain gelatin i.e. the collagen inside animals’ skin and bones (insert dry heave here) and finally figs are not considered vegetarian by some people. Technically, wasps pollinate figs and often get stuck inside, figs in fact need to have a female wasp trapped inside to even be edible. An enzyme from the fruit actually breaks the body down into protein – so don’t panic, you won’t be munching on its wings but you might no longer consider figs vegetarian.
3. Beer and wine aren’t always fine
Guinness uses isinglass in it’s production. This is made from the fish bladders, yum! So whilst there aren’t direct traces of isinglass in Guinness, it is used in the manufacturing process. Similarly, traditional fining agents for wine were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass.
4. Veganism isn’t just a fad
Until recently, references to vegan eating in the mainstream media were often negative and meat-free food options weren’t universally available or appetizing. Now, all that is changing. Much of the world is trending towards plant-based eating — and this global shift could be here to stay. There’s been a 600% increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S in the last three years. In the UK, the number of people identifying as vegans has increased by 350%, compared with a decade ago.
5. And finally, eating meat isn’t so fit
Across many sports, professional athletes are proving that a plant-based diet can fuel excellence. Athletes in everything from weightlifting and bodybuilding to ultramarathon running and tennis are outperforming their carnivore competitors. Some plant-powered athletes you may have heard of include Kendrick Farris, a male weightlifter who competed in the Rio Olympics, tennis star Venus Williams and Patrik Baboumian, an Armenian-German strongman and former bodybuilder and Heather Mills, a skier and amputee, who holds multiple world records and gold medals.
So put on your favourite cloves, turnip on time and lettuce wow you with our extraveganza. We say, if it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing broccoli (yes we did just say that).
Turn up any time that suits your schedule or book a ticket in advance to receive 4 tapas dishes of your choice for the price of 3!