Brazil is the fifth most populous country in the world counting more than 210 million inhabitants with very diversified cultures. Consequently, it is generally tolerant of differences, although knowledge of veganism is not too common since most people eat meat every day. In spite of it all, veganism is a growing movement and though some people cannot understand the vegan lifestyle, they tend to respect other people’s choices.
The good news is that vegan food sales are exploding, with more than 25,000 stores making them available throughout Brazil, so you will not have a problem finding the common vegan necessities. Though the cost of living in Brazil is lower than in the west, western vegan ready-foods tend to be pricey.
You will mostly be able to find a vegan or veganizable dish in local restaurants (see LOCAL FOOD page), except perhaps in the “rodizios de carne”, the all-you-can-eat meat places, but even these often have a salad buffet. Of course, you can’t control what previously went into the oil in which your vegetables were fried, but some places will be open to your request of using new oil for your dish. This being said, asking may be tricky since a vast majority of Brazilians only speak Portuguese (so make sure to use our VEGAN WORDS page).
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