We’ve all heard of Dry January, but 2016’s newest January diet trend to gain traction is Veganuary. The diet, of course, involves cutting out all meat and meat products – so that means no eggs, milk, fish, honey and most beer for one month. “There has been a marked increase in enthusiasm [regarding veganism] in the UK over the past 12 to 18 months, and that’s extremely exciting to see” says Clea Grady, marketing manager of Veganuary. Now in its third year, it is predicted that 50,000 people will take part  – with half of these staying vegan.

Veganuary state that the month off “aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January”. Benefits may include weight loss, a reduction in cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. As well as the health benefits, veganism can help reduce cruelty to animals, the reason the vast majority of participants sign up, and make a positive impact to the planet.

There are many myths surrounding veganism, with many people believing that a vegan diet can’t provide all the nutrients needed for a healthy lifestyle. Veganuary have debunked this myth as well as some other FAQ’s in their handy guide, which you can find here.

Don’t fear, if you choose to join in, it’s not all about tofu… You don’t have to give up all of your naughty vices, Oreo’s, some Doritos and Skittles are vegan, so you can still have a treat without falling off the wagon! Oh and don’t forget, Granose is suitable for vegans too 😉

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