I want to start writing more about this new movement, fast growing and very active around the world.
There are many ethical and health controversies surrounding vegetarianism in all its different forms, but where did the word ‘vegan’ come from? Who invented “veganism”? At the beginning they were all Vegeterians. Vegetarianism has been around for a very long time. Some historians date it back to Ancient Greek philosophers, and religious sects of Buddhism and Hinduism have encouraged vegetarianism for hundreds of years. However, the word itself came into common usage in the 1830s. During this era, vegetarianism was associated with religious conservatives. It is not completely clear who invented the word “vegetarian.” It may have been the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1847. Regardless, its linguistic roots are very clear. The Latin word “vegetābilis” meant “lively or animating” and came to describe foods that made one lively or animated. The suffix “–arian” changes an adjective into a personal noun, as in librarian or veterinarian. From the 1840s onward, the word was in common English usage.
Why “vegan” though? Where did that short word that connotes radical vegetarians come from? Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society, coined the word “vegan” in 1944 as a statement against vegetarians who ate dairy products. He took the first and last letters of the word vegetarian to create his orthodox version of vegetarianism.
Most people who describe themselves as vegetariansthey eat eggs and milk. If you want to get really specific in describing your diet, you could use some of these terms: pollotarians (if you eat chicken, but not meat from mammals), pescetarians (if you eat fish).
Recently, a new word has entered the dietary lexicon: flexitarian. Though the term dates was invented in the 1990s, only in the past few years has it acquired common currency. The first flexitarian cookbook came out in 2008. Celebrity chef Mark Bittman advocates for a “plant-based diet” meaning one that focuses on plants but can include a little meat. In this category I can find myself, as a person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat, fish, or poultry.
I always looked with curiosity at celiacs since I was in Italy running my restaurant, one of the first and few business being registered and present on a national celiac food guide. I remember having Giuseppe, a little boy, son of a very friend of our family, every week coming for pizza. Rosanna, her mother, used to bring a pizza douhg, made ahead at home, with ingredients brought in pharmacy and costing an eye of your head. They knew and they could trust at us, because not only friends but they new I was going to take care of him personally, in a separate area, without any risk of contamination.
So from Giuseppe, I started to develop interst on creating recipes with a lower cost, mixing flour and starches on my own, after reading (endless) books to come out with excellent products. And after I finish on having my mom celiac a while ago and thent it became a reason of life.
I initiated to have more sensitivity to allergies and knowledge in eating heatlhy and clean, and my innate curuosity pushed me to look with more attention to vegans. Interesting was not just create dishes without meat, fish or any animal fat. the most challenge was to apply to my gluten free recipe a vegan concept and bake without egg, butter, milk, cream. More over, i had the fear to keep the most that i could the taste, flavour and consistency of a non vegan food.
I am also not a fun of soy, rice flour and a dont get along with GMO products. I started to handle more different allergy, nut free, nut tree allergy, garlic, onion, same ever head was celery allergy, but i turned them out very well.
I personally suffer of favism or G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition in which the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, or G6PD, which helps red blood cells (RBCs) function normally. This deficiency can cause hemolytic anemia, usually after exposure to certain medications, foods, or even infections. The worst enemy is the Fava bean. And Ive just found out that many bake shop or vegan restaurant started using this flour. and obviously guys you might be to the hospital without even know the cause.
I will talk you about this in the next post.
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