There are many reasons for the move to plant-based diets. Ethical reasons, a desire to eat a more sustainable diet, health and fitness, and even cost.
There’s not really a clear cut answer to this. Yes, you can be a very healthy vegan, but you could also eat crisps and snacks which are unhealthy. Just because something claims to be vegan on the label, does not necessarily make it healthy.
A diet rich in vegetables and fruit, nuts and pulses can be very healthy indeed, due to low amounts of saturated fat – mainly from cutting out butter, cream and cheese. But vegans also need to get additional vitamin B12, which is found in animal products, as well as calcium, iron and zinc, so it’s important they ensure they get enough of this in their diets.
It’s also important on a vegan diet to ensure enough calories are consumed. Extra calories can come from beans, peas, nuts, tofu, and tempeh. To get enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids it may be worth taking supplements.
There is evidence to suggest that too much red meat contributes to some cancers, so vegans are eliminating this risk.
Overall vegans have incredibly healthy diets. Veganism requires thought and planning, so vegans tend to take more time considering their diet and looking after themselves. It’s important to remember however that deficiencies are entirely possible and must be managed properly.
Of course, halloumi is vegetarian! I am like you Charlie, I can manage without meat but I can't imagine ditching eggs, milk and cheese. I don't know any vegans either, so I wonder how common it is.
halloumi is a milk product so I doubt it is vegan unless there is some kind of plant milk! I am all for more vegetables, especially in summer, but I enjoy my milk, eggs and cheese so vegan won't happen for me.
I have vegans in the family and it is quite difficult to know what to cook when they come. Saying that, I am a carnivore through and through so I don't normally eat tofu and the like. But I must admit I do like halloumi (is that vegan?!)