Acadiana Food Circle

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September 19, 2012

Vegans’ v/s vegetarians

Often people confuse themselves with the definition of a vegan and a vegetarian. It is true that both of them do not consume meat and fish. However, vegetarians still consume eggs and dairy products, whereas a vegan would never eat any food that is produced by an animal. Therefore, vegans do not eat eggs, honey, and obviously, do not consume dairy products. What is to be noted here is that, Veganism is a philosophy and Vegetarianism is a lifestyle. What exactly this means is that, Vegans behold strong political thoughts and beliefs. They are totally against the slaughter of animals, perhaps, they show their concern and respect for animals by not consuming dairy products and eggs. Vegetarianism is called a lifestyle, because vegetarians eat products that would benefit their health.

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However, among these vegetarians there are people who eat eggs but not dairy products and are named as Ovo-vegetarians. Similarly, there are people who consume dairy products and not eggs and are named as lactovegetarians. Therefore, there is a different term according to the diet. Now, there is also pescetarianism, which is a diet that includes dairy products and poultry but does not include fish.

Talking about the vegans, they are against the killing of animals and further using their products. This means that they do not consume poultry, dairy products, and eggs. Their diet includes all the vegetables and any other product that is not produced by an animal. As was stated earlier, veganism is a philosophy, and it entails people who hold strong political beliefs. Therefore, vegans just don’t eat animals’ products, but it is extended to clothes, shoes, and belts also. You will usually find a vegan expressing their deep thoughts on how people should avoid using leather belts, shoes and not using fur jackets. Therefore, for vegans, it Is not about their diet, but about the importance of animals and how humans should stop being selfish.

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There might be reasons behind why a person converted them into a vegetarian or why he chose to be a vegetarian over a vegan. For most people, it is about being healthy and following a diet which keeps them fit. Therefore, they prefer having what is low in carbs and calories. Therefore, consuming the white part of egg makes them fit as well as an Ovo-vegetarian. This is why vegetarianism is called a lifestyle because people choose what to eat and what not to eat according to their diet chart. Reasons other than this, could be possibly due to allergies, for instance, if a person is allergic to fruits, that person might find a replacement for fruits and would start consuming dairy products. Therefore, this is exactly what differentiates a vegan from a vegetarian, a vegan does not keep choices in front of him, whether he should have dairy products or honey, a vegan is just against honey and all the products that are a product of animals.  A vegan would perhaps go around informing people that how they are mean by using animals for their benefit.