Over the last couple of years, I’ve changed my diet drastically.
I eat more vegetables than ever before. And, of course, I eat less meat.
One of the biggest contributors to that change has been Facebook. This might sound bizarre, but it’s true. The amount of useful information you can get on Facebook is astonishing.
But you need to know where to search.
After spending hours of research on various Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups, I have found the ones that provide the most value.
And that’s what this blog post is about.
But first, you need to learn the IMPORTANT difference between a Group and a Page. (if you already know, feel free to scroll down through the next paragraph).
Table of Contents
- What are the main differences between a page and a group on Facebook?
- 8 Best Facebook Groups for Vegan living
- 8 Best Facebook Pages about Veganism
What are the main differences between a page and a group on Facebook?
In order to know what you’re looking for, you need to understand the basic differences on a Facebook group and a Facebook Page. That’s actually very important.
One of them is meant for people who want to discuss it with other Facebook members. The other one (page) is meant for people who want to follow a certain type of influential content in their Facebook feed.
Let me try to explain.
How can I identify a Facebook Group?
A discussion platform that is often hidden from the public. You need to apply to join, which will be approved or disapproved by a moderator.
Once you are in, you can take part in all discussions.
The main purpose of a group: to take part in interesting discussions behind “a closed curtain”. Your friends do not see what you’re writing with other people.
Pros & Cons of using Facebook Groups
- Discuss anonymously
- Great platform to share information
- Easy to find old posts and discussions
- You have to wait to get approved
- Some of them are strictly moderated
How can I identify a Facebook Page?
A public page where everyone can see and comment on the content that is being uploaded by the group owner. “Normal” people are not allowed to post pictures, videos, and posts on a page. However, they are allowed to comment.
The main purpose of a group: to follow the information that comes from the group owner. That could be anything from vegan recipes to motivational quotes from Greta Thunberg.
Pros & Cons of using Facebook Pages
- They are very often very active
- Pages are often driven by professional people within their industry
- All discussions are public
- Your friends will see what you comment and react to
- Some of them are “too commercialized”
101: How to find Groups/Pages within a category on Facebook
Once you search for something on Facebook, you can easily separate between “pages” and “groups”, as seen below.
Just make sure to use the right keywords. In this search, I typed in “Vegan”:
8 Best Facebook Groups for Vegan living
I’ve only added Facebook groups that:
– I have been a semi-active member of myself
– That is not commercialized (the admins don’t try to sell you stuff)
– Has a nice and friendly tone
– Actually provide a user-friendly platform for discussions
In a hurry? Here’s a summary
|Name||Type of group||Link|
|Vegan Recipes for beginners||Recipes||Link|
|Vegan for beginners||General||Link|
|How to vegan||General||Link|
|Plant based for vegans||Recipes||Link|
|What broke vegans eat||Money-saving recipes||Link|
|Vegan baking||Sweet vegan food/desserts||Link|
|Vegan intermittent fasting||Intermittent fasting||Link|
|Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness||Fitness/Workout||Link|
If you want to know more about every page, feel free to scroll down.
Some Facebook groups are open to the public. That means that all discussions can be seen by everyone on Facebook. I prefer the hidden groups (as I don’t want my mum to see me commenting on some random Chinese vegan dish).
In the overview below, I have marked the hidden groups as “(hidden)”.
1. Vegan Recipes for Beginners (hidden)
I start with this one. This is the vegan group that has taught me the most.
I’m no longer a fan of eating a lot of meat. In this group, you have about 100-400 posts every single day – and they are (pretty much) all high-quality posts. With more than 200,000 members, you will literally find “any” vegan dish here.
What is also great is that you can easily add a request for a certain type of dish.
E.g.: “I have broccoli, rice, potato, cucumber and a lot of spices. What do you suggest me to make?”.
I can guarantee that you will have at least three answers within 20 minutes. 🙂
2. Vegan for beginners (hidden)
More or less the same concept as above. However, in this group, you can talk about anything related to vegan (not strictly about food and recipes).
The tone is very friendly in this group. Everyone seems to be motivated to help out the new people, which is super nice.
As you can see, the group is also very active:
An active Facebook group with friendly members. What more can you ask for? 🙂
3. How to vegan (hidden)
This is a group that is allowed to join by vegan and non-vegans. The discussions are mainly related to how “beginners” like myself experience their first weeks of going towards a plant-based diet.
Very helpful moderators and a nice little community of 100,000 people.
PS! This group is owned by a woman called Kristen Pound. She does have a podcast and a website where she teaches people how to become vegan. Therefore, some of the posts in the group are aimed at getting you to buy certain stuff.
4. Plant-based for beginners (hidden)
More or less the same as the first one I recommended.
This group is smaller. As some good recipes might drown in some of the larger groups, I have never had any problems finding what I was looking for in this one. As of now, there are 30,000 members in this group.
Most of the discussions are related to how vegans can get enough protein and how to balance a nice life while being vegan.
5. What broke vegans eat (public)
This is a very interesting group. And you do not have to join the group in order to follow the posts and discussions.
Everything uploaded in this group is related to:
- Vegan food
- How to make your vegan dinner/lunch/breakfast as cheap as possible
You save a lot of money on being vegan as meat is expensive. This group will help you save even more.
6. Vegan baking (hidden)
If you’re a fan of dessert and sweet food; feel free to join this group.
I’m not a fan of it. In fact, I hate everything that contains a lot of sugar. On the flip side, I guess a lot of my readers could appreciate a link to this group.
7.Vegan Intermittent Fasting (hidden)
For some reason, intermittent fasting has become a trend. I don’t really understand it.
However, if you’re up for it: this group is quite chill. There’s something being posted about every second day. But if some new post comes up, I can see that people are quite eager to comment on it.
There have been some discussions in this group that turned out to become a bit aggressive. But I guess that’s a part of discussing with strangers on Facebook? 🙂
8. Vegan Bodybuilding, Fitness and Motivation (hidden)
If you’re keeping yourself busy in the gym and combine that with a vegan lifestyle, this group is gold for you. There are about 100-150 posts every day – and the community is very nice and lively.
I actually joined this group after watching a Netflix documentary called “The Game Changers” (IMDb link). It features a bodybuilder that proves that he can get “just as ripped” from eating plant-based. And yes – it turns out that you don’t need chicken and beef jerky to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
If you haven’t seen this documentary yet, I will really recommend it. Have a look at the trailer below:
Now, that was all the Vegan Facebook Groups that I can recommend. I’m sure there’s more out there, but let’s move on to the next step:
8 Best Facebook Pages about Veganism
The criteria to end up on this list:
– That the Facebook page is active with new posts
– Helpful content
– Promotes a vegan lifestyle
– Influential in a good and healthy way
In a hurry? Here’s a summary
|Name||Type of page||Link|
|So Vegan||Vegan cooking||Link|
|Best Vegan memes||Humor||Link|
|Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness||Fitness||Link|
|The Vegan Revolution||General||Link|
|Vegan FTA||Political/Animal cruelty||Link|
|Captain Paul Watson||Political||Link|
If you want to know more about every page, feel free to scroll down.
1. Earthling Ed
Half of the people who watch him want to give him a hug. The other half wants to punch him in the face.
Earthling Ed is a highly controversial yet super intelligent vegan influencer. And probably that one guy you should follow on Facebook (if you only want one). He has been featured in large newspapers all over the world.
These are some of the topics that tend to pop up on his Facebook feed:
– What’s wrong with eating meat
– Animal cruelty
– Quite a fury debates between him and meat-eaters*
– Fun facts about the meat industry
* = This is also something you can watch on Youtube. Go to Youtube.com, type in “Earthling Ed debate” and loads of videos will pop up.
2. So Vegan
Probably the biggest vegan Facebook page out there. 1.3 million people follow So Vegan on Facebook.
This is what you can expect:
– High-quality images of vegan food
– Cookbook recommendations (slightly commercialized…)
– Vegan dinner recommendations
Facebook isn’t there solely for educational purposes. Let’s agree: most of us waste our time being on Facebook.
So why not have some fun?
The “Vegan Meme” page is filled with funny memes, videos, and pictures that you should be able to relate to as a vegan. I can literally spend an hour on that page without any problems.
I’ve actually written a blog post called “10 Hilarious Environmental memes you will love“. Feel free to have a look. 🙂
Interesting page. The admins post semi-commercialized posts to their 240,000 followers. However, they also tend to spark some quite interesting discussions with posts like:
– “Which exercises are you most looking forward to performing when gyms open back up?”
– “What types of vegan food will you be enjoying this weekend?”
– “And what is one food you are eating more of during your time at home?” (Covid-19 question)
– And a lot more.
This Facebook page taught me to think more about how I exercise. It also functions as a daily reminder that working out is a very good thing to do. 🙂
The Vegan Revolution posts a quite broad specter of different posts:
– Recommended vegan podcasts.
– Invitations to events and webinars about vegan living.
– Super useful articles from large newspapers and other publications.
– And a lot more.
6. Vegan FTA
This page is run by “a small team of vegan activists who are committed to fighting for a vegan world“.
The content can become quite political sometimes, which should be celebrated.
Some people are vegan because they would like to stop climate change. Other people think about their health. Vegan FTA has one thing in focus: to stop animal cruelty.
What I like about Vegan FTA is that they dare to take the discussion with non-vegans. Negative comments are not hidden or removed. They are responded to. That’s why I find “Vegan FTA” to be a very nice moderated and highly interesting Facebook Page.
A legend. You don’t have to be vegan to love this Facebook page.
Captain Paul Watson is the captain of a ship called “Sea Shepherd UK”. They work for a non-profit international organization called Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS).
For years, Mr. Watson has documented highly interesting findings throughout his career – and posted them on Facebook. That’s what makes this Facebook page so good. Only super high-quality content is posted, which is a strategy I am a fan of.
PS! His boat is vegan-friendly. What I mean by that is that they do not serve any animal food on the boat to any of the crew members.
8. Vegan Richa
Do you know these cooking videos on Facebook that are filmed from above?
Vegan Richa is famous for them.
One new video is being uploaded every single day. And trust me: once you watch these videos, you would love to try to make them. For some reason, they have the ability to make ANY dish look good.
I’ve actually tried to make a couple of these dishes myself. And despite the fact that my outcome didn’t look as delicious as theirs, it was really tasty.
If you struggle to come up with some ideas to new vegan dinners, this is a page I can highly recommend.
Q: Is it safe to comment on videos, posts and pictures in hidden groups?
Yes, none of your friends will see that you do it – unless they are a part of the same group.
However, you can easily see whether or not your friends are in the same group.
Q: Is it possible to open a vegan-based Facebook Group/Facebook Page myself?
If you have something to offer to the vegan community, I would urge you to do it. People are always thirsty for high quality online content.
Q: I have a vegan recipe to share. Should I contact some of the group owners of some of the recipe Facebook pages?
Yes, you should.
As a Facebook page owner myself, I love to see followers actively interact with my content. The treshold is very low to share something (non-commercial) that is being recommended or suggested by a member.
That being said: you should probably aim for something realistic. The pages with 1 million members++ are not to keen on sharing “random recipes”. 🙂
I hope you’ve found what you came for.
Spending time on Facebook can be fun sometimes. But spending time on Facebook for education purposes is even better. I’ve learned an awful lot from these pages and groups, which is why I am writing this article.
I’m not a vegan yet…but I’m slowly getting there. 🙂
If you do know some other great vegan communities on Facebook, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below. That would be super useful for me and my readers. Thanks in advance!