Is Water Vegan?

I’m a member of several vegan Facebook groups and someone asked the question ‘is water vegan?’. (*Spoiler Alert* it’s not).

Normally in these groups people ask and share all kinds of tips about great vegan food or products they’ve found. These groups are mostly supportive places to be but you can see some quite nasty (some cases abusive) conversations when things like honey or palm oil are mentioned. ‘Level 10’ vegans as they’re known will quickly dismiss anyone who doesn’t follow their own standards. Some vegan Facebook groups have even added pinned posts banning honey and palm oil from being discussed as it causes so much aggression.

So, back to my ‘is water vegan?’ moment. Do you think this person was respected, guided and supported? No they were quickly ridiculed. What they were actually asking was about the fluoride that gets put into the water supply.  What is it made of and is it vegan? A quick google on this comes up with all kinds of frightening answers. So it was a legitimate concern for this person who was questioning what the heck this stuff is that they’re drinking.

It’s such a shame that when someone makes the decision to go vegan there can be more experienced vegans (the ‘Level 10’s’) who tell them they are not vegan enough. In my opinion I welcome any step towards a more plant-based lifestyle. Each step leads to the next. Meat Free Monday, Veganuary, Vegan Meal Swap Challenge are all ways of making the connection.

So once you have cut out all meat, dairy, honey, wool, silk, leather out you’re a vegan right? Don’t let anyone else dictate your journey. Personally I wouldn’t attend events that use animals as entertainment such as a circus, dog racing or horse racing. However I may attend an animal sanctuary such as Monkey World.  What reaction would this get from the ‘Level 10’s’? I am quite open to learning and new ideas but I wouldn’t let a Level 10 bashing sway me.

 

The Vegan Society define veganism as:

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

 

So this means if you need a particular medicine you should take it. If you slip up and eat a non-vegan item try not to be too hard on yourself. You are trying and you are making a huge difference. Just by doing what you do people around you are noticing and this is a very gentle form of activism. Everyone who becomes vegan had a light bulb moment. Before that they were not making the connection that we do not need meat or dairy to live happier, healthy (healthier!) lives. So try to be kind and remember how you used to feel and think. Guide and be a positive source of inspiration, don’t be a ‘level 10’.

I dread to think how many times my water has been through another human, dog, cow, chipmunk or dinosaur. You Are Drinking Dinosaur Pee Every Day: Here’s Why

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Yes, I hate how people react to such questions with agression. As I saw the title of this post I found myself really interested to understand the answer of the question. I don’t feel bad for not knowing!

  2. I’m not vegan myself but I wonder why vegans aren’t asking whether veganism is is really so ethical or sustainable? I would have thought it would be more useful, for instance, to debate where vegan food comes from, seeing as vegan diets tend to rely on much imported food and that most of it is farmed using an arsenal of very destructive chemical fertilisers (very destructive to animal wildlife), pesticides and herbicides instead of grazing livestock returning fertility to the soil with their manure. Wherever there is pasture the its much more wildlife than a modern arable field, and yet I rarely hear vegans debating about how to eat organic or local and seasonal. It might seem as if I’m being facetious, but I’m just saying that they are more important issues to discuss.

  3. I respect vegans and agree that any step towards a more plant based diet is a good one. Unfortunately so many vegans come across as very judgemental and holier than thou. I think it’s better if we can all respect each other’s choices and personal journeys be it vegan or not. my roommate from college was vegan before it was the trendy thing to do. She was and is the easiest person to have a meal with because she never pushed her choice on others and she could always find something to eat anywhere. Veganism is not for me but kudos to those who can do it.

  4. The aggression is really uneccesary omg . It takes a lot of discipline to be vegan without all of the other irrelevant judgements . We need to respect others choices .

  5. I think finding a lifestyle that works for you is really important. Every person lives by their level of consciousness. And the more we learn, the more we can assess what best resonate with us, be it a plant based diet or otherwise. For me, personally, water is a necessity. Vegan or not I’m drinking it☺️ ❤️ xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋

  6. I really appreciate your attitude of allowing each individual to find their own path – I used to be a committed carnivore, but then some friends who are vegetarian introduced me to some really good plant-based foods, and now I’ve evolved to a pescatarian (I eat fish/seafood) who opts for vegetarian meals when possible. Maybe someday I’ll become vegetarian/vegan, but that’s more likely for me by taking a slow, gradual approach than trying to completely change my diet at once.

  7. There seem to be debates on the issue. But the origin of veganism is India. In Vedic tradition, vegan foods are ones that do not stimulate your desire. Water, is surely vegan, from that perspective.

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