If you are following a vegan diet or you are lactose intolerant, with a sensitivity to dairy, the good news is that there is no need for you to miss out on a sweet treat just because you need to avoid dairy products!
There are some brilliant dairy free desserts and egg free desserts available which, reassuringly, don’t compromise on taste.
What is a vegan diet?
Veganism is following a diet which contains only plants or foods that are made from plants.
Vegans do not eat any foods which come from animals or contain animal products including meat, dairy products and eggs.
Veganism also avoids the use of animal products for clothing, furniture and accessories so leather handbags are out. Vegans can eat vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits.
Why do people follow a vegan diet?
There are many reasons why you might wish to become vegan and start following a plant based diet.
Some people become vegan in order to avoid animal exploitation, such as using animals for their milk.
There are also certain health benefits associated with a vegan diet as it is rich in nutrients as well as being low in saturated fats.
A vegan diet is also usually higher in fibre, which itself helps to promote a healthy digestive system.
However, if you are following a vegan diet, you must ensure that you still getting your recommended amount of protein, calcium and iron, as these can be more difficult to get without eating meat or fish.
And there are a range of foods and supplements available which can help with this.
A vegan diet is also thought to be better for the environment than other diets as less greenhouse gases are used in the production of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. A plant-based diet also uses less natural resources, like land and fresh water and so promotes sustainability.
Even if you don’t want to follow a fully plant-based diet, you may want to start looking at swapping some of your usual animal-based products for vegan alternatives.
What options are there for dairy free puddings?
There are plenty of delicious dairy free pudding options available and here are some ideas to inspire you.
Strawberries and cream
A classic favourite during the British summer, strawberries and cream is a staple during the Wimbledon tennis tournament.