Veganism Vs Vegetarian

This is most common discussed topic when it comes to what type of food people are eating. Just like non-vegetarian, vegetarian also has many types.

Let me start with the core difference between these two. The vegan eats no animal product on the other hand vegetarian do not eat meat but they do consume animal products such as diary products or eggs.

Vegan
Vegan + Dairy

In actual veganism is more strict than vegetarian. People who follow veganism avoid complete set of animal products, that includes the products like leathers, silk and bee wax.

Vegans strictly avoid consuming any food or beverages that contain:

  • meat
  • poultry
  • fish and shellfish (sea food)
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • honey
  • insects (like crickets)
  • rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein
  • stock or fats that are derive from animals

Strict vegans also have some principles in their lifestyle where they avoid any product that directly or indirectly use animals. These products can include:

  • leather goods (like belt, purse, handbags, shoes, etc)
  • wool (like sweaters and shawls)
  • silk (different clothing items)
  • beeswax
  • soaps, candles, and other products that contain animal fats, such as tallow
  • latex products that contain casein, which comes from milk proteins
    cosmetics or other products that manufacturers test on animals (animal testing)

On the other hand below are list of things which vegetarians do not eat:

  • meat such as beef, pork, and lamb
  • poultry such as chicken, turkey and duck
  • fish, shellfish and other sea foods
  • insects
  • rennet, gelatin, and other types of animal protein
  • stock or fats that are derived from animal slaughter

However, many vegetarians eat some animal products that are derived from animals and which do not require slaughtering of animals. These include:

  • eggs
  • dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • honey

In general, vegetarianism is a less strict term than veganism. There are many types of vegetarians in this world on the basis of what animal product they consume.

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Such vegetarians avoid all types of meat and fish but do consume dairy products and eggs.
  • Lacto-vegetarian. People avoid eating any meat, fish, or eggs but do consume dairy products.
  • Ovo-vegetarian. Such vegetarians avoid any meat, fish, or dairy products but do consume eggs.

I am a vegetarian and include milk and milk products and sometimes eggs too in my food. Let me know in which category you fall. Its perfectly alright to fall in any category because its our choice, what we what to eat and what not.

–Raghu

About Dr Namrata

A full time blogger, a freelancer, a scholar, a reader, a thinker and a responsible human being.

3 Responses

  1. I am an omnivore, and I eat everything. However, I think being a vegetarian, and eating dairy and egg products is much, much healthier than being a vegan. I don’t think being vegan is a healthy choice at all. You deprive yourself of way to many necessary nutrients, which causes a host of health problems, not to mention that if you purchase a lot of the vegan foods on the market vs. making your own meals, you are eating way to much processed food. Most of the commercial vegan foods are very heavily processed, which is not good either.

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