1. WHAT IS VEGAN? AND WHAT IS VEGANISM ABOUT?
Veganism is the practice of not consuming any kind of animal-derived products. That means that vegans do not eat any kind of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.
This also includes other kind of animal-derived substances like gelatin, casein, and carmine. A vegan diet can, therefore, be described as the strictest form of vegetarianism.
Sometimes it might seem like veganism is a new concept. Especially with so many new vegan restaurants and vegan cookbooks all over the world.
However, the term “vegan” was coined as early as in 1944 by members of the Vegetarian Society in England.
There are many different reasons for people to follow a vegan diet. Some people go vegan because of ethical motivation.
Their main reason is that they don’t want to support factory farming. Others decide to go vegan because of health problems or environmental reasons.
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2. WHAT IS A VEGETARIAN DIET?
Like vegans, vegetarians don’t eat meat or fish. However, there are different types of vegetarians:Report this ad
- ovo-lacto vegetarians: vegetarians who consume dairy products and eggs
- ovo vegetarians: vegetarians who consume eggs, but avoid all other animal products like meat, fish, and dairy
- lacto vegetarians: vegetarians who avoid eggs, but consume dairy products
So that means vegetarians do not want to eat any products of dead animals. However, they feel it is acceptable to consume by-products like eggs and milk.
As many vegetarians want to make sure that animals are kept in adequate conditions, they often buy organic products.
Vegans, on the other hand, avoid all animal products regardless of whether the animals are directly killed for it or not. So a vegan lifestyle often extends to other areas of lifestyle such as clothing (leather and fur) and cosmetics (animal testing).