RE: Coconut Oil & Honey
Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM
Also, completely off topic, but is honey something that should be avoided? I try not to use too many refined products just because they pack in a lot of calories and are not naturally found in nature. I had a sore throat very recently and tea with honey was very comforting and it always confused me why vegans avoid honey. Is it merely because it is an animal made product? The same as not using silk? Can someone shed some light? Eating a plant-based diet is something I ultimately want to do to avoid the same diseases that have plagued my mom, and being dogmatic in anything is something I've always had an aversion towards. Sorry, this became such a rambling topic.
Honey is in the same category as eggs, milk, wool, silk - they don't kill the animal but they do affect the animal because the animal grows/produces the item for its own needs, not for people to take.
That said, it's up to each individual to decide for themselves. For me, I eat plant-based but that doesn't necessarily extend to "dogmatic vegan" - hubby still has a leather belt (no point in wasting something that's already in use), I'll put honey on my son's lips in the winter if they get dry and uncomfortable (he won't use any kind of lip moisturizer - and finding a decent vegan one is tough anyhow - the ones that aren't all chemical are mostly bee's wax and honey), and so on.