Can vegans have eggs? The quick answer is vegans do not eat dairy, eggs or any animal products.
Then why am I having eggs for breakfast?
This is a personal choice that I made for my health. I have been vegan for two years and have been monitored by my chiropractor for prior health issues.
He was the first to suggest that I add a little meat – once or twice a month – to my diet. If I didn’t want to eat meat, then he wanted me to have eggs once in a while. This recommendation was made due to the high quality of vitamin B12 that is concentrated in those foods. You just can’t get this in plant protein alone.
Recently, this has been documented in a new book carefully researched and published in an article on the Mercola website. It states there are healthy short-term benefits of a vegan diet, but there are long-term risks.
However, in the long term, the absence of all animal-based foods can take a toll, as certain nutrients cannot be obtained from the plant kingdom. Carnosine, carnitine, taurine, retinol, vitamin D3, conjugated linoleic acid and long-chained omega-3 fats are examples. B12 deficiency is also very common among vegans.
After six or seven years, the B12 stored in your liver will be completely exhausted, at which point you may start to experience serious neurodegenerative diseases. There are many documented cases of blindness from B12 deficiency, as well as other neurological disorders.
To counter this information, The Vegan Society has their own solution and that is to supplement your diet daily or weekly with B12 – you can take this in liquid or tablet form. The key is to make sure you’re not taking too much.
Today I had fresh free-range organic eggs and a beautiful organic avocado that I wanted for my breakfast. I don’t usually eat an avocado with my eggs, so today was an exception. To get the maximum benefit of the egg nutrients, the eggs should be cooked soft or eaten raw (they can be added to a smoothie and you won’t even taste them!).
3 organic eggs
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Add enough water to a small frying pan that will cover the eggs.
2. Add apple cider vinegar to the water and heat to boiling. The acid prevents the egg whites from spreading.
3. Add the eggs and set the timer to 2 minutes.
4. Reduce heat to medium high when water returns to a full boil.
5. When the 2 minutes are up, remove the eggs with a slotted spoon to drain the water.
6. Slice the avocado and serve alongside the poached eggs.
Use a small frying pan.
To create a film over the egg yolks, spoon the water over the eggs as they cook.
Adding meat, fish, or poultry to your vegan diet once or twice a month or adding eggs once a week will prevent the long-term risks that could affect your health. This decision is up to you. If this doesn’t appeal to you, try sardines. Some claim they are the “world’s healthiest food” and the safest fish on the planet.
P.S. The get the most out of food, eat raw. That’s why adding a raw egg to your green smoothie will give you the most nutrients. I refused to try this for over a year thinking it would be horrible. You must use very fresh organic eggs when eating them raw. I guarantee, you won’t even know it’s in your smoothie, other than the nice thickness it adds!
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