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  • Gabriele Aikens

    I want to eat healthier but a lot of the organic food is so expensive. I have 6 people in my family and I am on a strict budget. Even buying what I usually buy is stretching the budget.

  • http://veganza.com/ reneeb

    Just eating a diet of wholefoods – grains, vegetables, fruits – is very healthy. It doesn’t have to be organic to be vegan and healthy! Buying lentils and beans in bulk can be a huge saving, too.

    But… organic is extra-healthy. The food often grows longer and absorbs more nutrients, or just isn’t covered in pesticides, so your body gets a break from chemicals. A LOT of organic produce is overpriced. You have to look around to find better deals – they are out there, and they can be equal to or cheaper than supermarket produce. But there are some foods where it makes a big difference, and some foods where it doesn’t. Buying some organic and some conventional can improve things as well.

    The “Dirty Dozen” – the foods you should buy organic – are:
    1. Peaches
    2. Apples
    3. Capsicum / Bell Peppers
    4. Celery
    5. Nectarines
    6. Strawberries
    7. Cherries
    8. Pears
    9. Grapes
    10. Spinach
    11. Lettuce
    12. Potatoes

    Conventional foods with the least amount of pesticide residue are:
    1. Onions
    2. Avocados
    3. Sweet corn
    4. Pineapple
    5. Mangoes
    6. Asparagus
    7. Sweet peas
    8. Kiwi fruit
    9. Banana
    10. Cabbage
    11. Broccoli
    12. Papaya

  • http://www.vegiac.com Andrew

    You should check out vegiac.com
    Thanks :) Nice blog


    Am very interested if I could get the Gluten-free organic carob & apple teacake and also the chocalate sugar cookies

  • Eric

    I had a question – I often hear “gluten-free” listed among the characteristics of various ethical diets along with “organic,” “vegan,” and “locally-produced.” I can understand the ethical arguments underlying veganism. I can also understand the health arguments underlying a gluten-free diet. But is a gluten-free diet more ethical? If it is, how is it so? Remember, I’m not asking about health benefits.

  • Catherine Green

    I have a question. I am pulling my hair out trying to make things like pancakes and dosas, using flours like rice, tapioca, quinoa, lentil, etc.–and I can’t get them not to “stick” like crazy. Occasionally I come a little bit close and the scraps are delicious. Any advise??

    a very frustrated, dosa loving, celiac vegan
    C green

  • http://veganza.com/ Renee

    My husband makes the pancakes and rotis etc around here, I’ll have to get him to blog the recipes here soon!

  • Des

    White sugar isn’t vegan. The refining process involves filtering it through bone char (charcoal made from animal bones).

    • http://veganza.com/ Renee

      White sugar in the USA isn’t vegan. White sugar everywhere else is usually refined using wheat or crop chaff, no bones. Has been since the 1990s. Sorry, USA!

  • asha

    How can I ensure my two year old is getting enough protein on a gluten free vegan diet? What are the best foods and combinations? Thanks, asha xx

  • debbie mac

    hi: I’ve just found your site so please forgive me if I am asking something you’ve already covered. I will try to go back to previous posts to find the answer myself, but if you can help me that would be great!!! I’ve recently discovered I have lots of food allergies. Consequently I’m eating more vegan that I did before. I am also allergic to yeast though…both brewers and bakers. I’m wondering if you have a recipe for bread that doesn’t contain yeast? I’ve been trying to find one…it’s difficult!!! I appreciate your efforts and hope to hear from you soon.


    • http://veganza.com/ Renee

      I have a couple of popular bread posts (check the sidebar) with yeast-free recipes. I find vinegar + baking soda etc to be better to make my gluten-free breads rise. Concensus – after much comment debate – is that apple cider vinegar contains no living/allergic yeast.

  • Chester Fierce

    Hi! Thanks for a really fun and interesting site.

    I wanted to just give some feedback regarding your response to what you feed “your cats.”

    I am lucky enough to have dogs and horses in my life and since my early childhood (way before going vegan and reading Eternal Treblinka) I struggled with the fact that in order to be coherent, I had to refer to them as “my” dogs and horses.

    It was only later that I realized that the “my” in that phrase is no more (and no less!) a term of possession than saying “my father” or “my sister” or “my son.” The possessive pronoun is just a way of stating a relationship, not ownership. I don’t own my brothers or my dogs — but they are “mine” in the best sense of the word.

    So I no longer feel awkward about using “my” in relation to my animal friends, and although you make a good point, I wouldn’t worry so much about others asking you about ‘your’ cats :-)