The Vegan festival is aimed at creating awareness in people about environment, animal protection, health and veganism. Annually over 100,000 lose their lives of non-communicable diseases which is 35% of the total annual deaths in the country, according to UNCDA. This Festival is in line with the Uganda Ministry of Health objective; ‘focusing on prevention through creating awareness of the risk factors and advising people to adjust their lifestyles’, an objective aimed at advocating for health eating habits.
Vegan dietary habits are gaining more and more fans world over and several food festivals have been organized in this regard and they have attracted thousands of revelers, this is evidence that world over more and more people are appreciating this lifestyle. Our aim is to introduce this plant-based diet to Ugandans while avoiding all animal foods such as meat, dairy among others.
A vegan diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses - all of which can be prepared in endless combinations that will ensure one is never bored with his/her meals. These range from curry to cake, pastries to pizzas made with the best plant ingredients. The Festival provides a large scale event that allows vegans to celebrate in an atmosphere of music, cooking, and the very best vegan products. However, the Festival also recognizes and addresses the remaining and future issues that impact animal welfare, human health, and the environment.
Vegans are humans who avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason. Going vegan is a great opportunity to learn more about nutrition and cooking, and improve your diet. This definitely means one won’t be consuming saturated fat from meat, milk and eggs, and will be avoiding processed meat, which the World Health Organization has classified as a leading cause of cancer.
Getting your nutrients from plant foods allows more room in your diet for health-promoting options. If you make smart choices, a vegan diet can be a really healthy way of eating. Vegans are always encouraged to also limit salt and eat plenty of whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables. These foods are packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and minerals. Research has linked vegan diets to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.