Virat Kohli gives up meat: What is veganism?

In picture: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. | Picture credit: Twitter/Virat Kohli official handle

Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian national cricket team in all formats and one of the most exciting cricketers around, has reportedly turned vegan. The move has prompted many to ask: What is veganism?

India has had a long history of vegetarianism, but veganism is not that. In fact, veganism is much stricter than vegetarianism, and is often compared to a Jain diet.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Kohli made the change to live a healthier lifestyle that could in effect prolong his career.

It may be noted that Kohli’s wife, actress Anushka Sharma, is already vegetarian. She made the move apparently because her pet dog Dude did not like the smell of meat.

What is veganism?

Veganism is a lifestyle choice that entails the non-consumption of all types of animal products.

It is different from vegetarianism in that while vegetarians can consume milk, milk products and certain others, vegans abstain even from these.

The lifestyle is promoted heavily by animal-rights activism group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Veganism is believed to not only help keep people healthier, but also reduce overall carbon footprint of the world.

[Representational image] | Picture credit: Creative Commons

So, what happened to Kohli?

It seems Kohli decided to become a vegan four months ago, and the change has apparently done him a world of good.

A report in the Times of India quoted sources as saying: “Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger has his digestive power has increased.”

The sources added: “He isn’t eating meat, eggs or dairy.” He has reportedly switched to protein shakes, vegetables and soya, and that has improved his temperament.

Kohli, who apparently had a huge liking for biryani in the years growing up, has been known to be mercurial at times.

What’s more, Kohli had reportedly planned to go vegan more than two years ago if he felt it would improve his health.

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