January or Veganuary? Everything you need to know

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Are you ready for the challenge?

Veganuary challenges you to go vegan for the entire month of January. The first month of the New Year can be challenging. It can be utilised in adapting some healthy habits that bring about positive lifestyle changes.

Veganuary challenges you to go vegan for the entire month of January. Learn more about Veganuary, the benefits of a vegan diet and how to take the plunge successfully.

What is Veganuary?

Veganuary ( (yes, a combination of “vegan” and “January”) is a UK-based non-profit organization that values the Earth and all its inhabitants.

Each year, the organization challenges people to eat only vegan food products for the entire month of January in an effort to promote clean eating, good health, protect the environment and end animal farming.

Since 2014, Veganuary has gained a staunch following from over a million participants from across the globe who have pledged to follow it.

In addition to the January challenge, Veganuary supports vegan businesses and restaurants year-round. In the process, they get the word out about vegan diets in the media.

According to the organization, over 500,000 people from 200 countries participated in Veganuary by starting a new vegan diet in 2021.

With hopes of increasing that number in 2022, Veganuary invites you to take the 31-day pledge this January.

Why choose the Vegan Diet?

Vegan diets aren’t for everyone! But there are benefits of a well-balanced vegan diet, especially
one that consists of plenty of whole, minimally processed plant foods.

Good for the environment

A vegan diet is “probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth,” according to Joseph Poore, lead author of a 2018 study in Science that analyzed the impact of almost 40,000 farms worldwide. Not only do vegan diets produce fewer greenhouse gasses, but they also conserve essential resources like water and land.

Lowers your sugar intake

Heavily processed foods tend to have a higher sugar content than fruits, vegetables and other whole plant-based foods. Eliminating these foods from your diet reduces your sugar intake.

High amounts of sugar have been linked to diabetes, heart disease and other diseases.

Healthier heart

Saturated fats are a leading cause of high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. The amount of saturated fats is drastically decreased in diets free of meat and dairy.

Consuming less saturated fat also reduces the risk for heart disease and stroke.

A healthy way to lose weight

Some animal products, like red meat and dairy, are high in calories and fat. Eating less of these foods can translate to weight loss, if that’s your goal. Various studies have shown that vegan diets are the most effective at maintaining weight loss, compared to vegetarian or omnivorous diets


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