One might be confused with the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian, and some might conclude both are the same. But in reality, both have a large difference. The one thing that Vegan and Vegetarian have in common is, they don’t eat meat. Today, we will clear this, in a simple way.
Vegan or Veganism
The one thing that Vegan and Vegetarian have in common is, they don’t eat meat. Vegan is very strict regarding meat consumption. They even avoid eating dairy products like, egg, honey, milk, and any item which is derived from animal-like silk and even leather.
A stricter type of vegetarianism is veganism. Vegans prevent eating or using certain items or by-products of livestock. The Vegan Society describes veganism as “a way of life that seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation and cruelty of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose, as far as is possible and practicable.”
Vegans who choose this lifestyle for religious reasons appear to be adamant about animal rights, as they are made from animal hides, so many resist wearing leather and suede. Many vegans often look for makeup and skin products that are cruelty-free.
Vegans avoid :
- Fish and Shellfish
- Dairy Products
- Any form of Fats, which are derived from animals
- Gelatin, or any type of animal protein
More strict vegans even avoid
- Cosmetics, which are manufactured through animals
- Leather Goods
- Soapl made out of Animal fats
- Latex, which contains casein (milk proteins)
Vegetarian people does not take:
- Any form of meat
- Poulty, like chicken, duck, turkey, etc
- Fish and Shellfish
- Fats derived from Animal Slaughter
- Gelatin, which are found in animal proteins
However, they do consume,
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Silk for clothes
Vegetarian people consume only that food, which does not involve any form of animal life. They do consume their products for food.
Vegetarian is further divided into four categories:
Lacto-ovo Vegetarian: People who follow this, avoid all kinds of meat and fish but they consume Dairy products and Eggs.
Lacto-Vegetarian: People in this category, do not eat any meat, fish, and eggs but consume all dairy products.
Ovo-Vegetarian: People of this category, avoid meat, fish, and all dairy products, but they do consume eggs.
Pescatarian: Fish and other forms of seafood are required by those who adopt this diet to avoid all meat. This does not, though, follow the standard concept of vegetarianism, and many people refer to the semi-vegetarian or flexitarian diet as a pescatarian.
Who lives more Vegans or Vegetarian?
It is difficult to say, which diet is more healthful and which should be followed. It all depends upon the person. If one exercises daily and consumes a balanced diet, he/she is definitely going to be fit.
On the other side, if a proper diet is not followed. Then various symptoms are found as if Vegans follow their diet strictly (avoiding all form of Dairy Products). Another source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid or DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is necessary to be healthy.
The same goes for eating too many dairy products and eggs might increase Cholesterol, and Sugar, which might lead to Heart Disease or Diabetes. One must always focus on a Balanced Diet, rich in antioxidants and Nutrients, with proper exercise or yoga.