Vegetarian and Vegan


Vegetarians and Vegans don’t eat products or by-products of animal slaughter, even so talking about Vegan and Vegetarian is sometimes confused to people, but the difference is simple:


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According to The Vegetarian Society, Vegetarians don’t eat fish, meat or chicken. So a vegetarian diet does not include:

  • Meet, poultry, fish and seafood.
  • Insects.
  • Stock, fat or animal rennet.

But the vegetarian diet can include:

  • Vegetables, fruits, pulses and grains.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Eggs, dairy products and honey.
Summing up, we can define Vegetarian as a lifestyle, which purpose is to lead people to get a healthier life,  avoiding eating products or by-products of animal slaughter. BUT Vegetarians can include eggs, dairy and honey in their diet!.
So Vegetarianism is less strict than Veganism, even, we have found some variations in the Vegetarian Lifestyle, for example Medical News Today mentions that there are several well-known variations of the vegetarian diet, these can include:
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet: Eating dairy products and eggs.
  • Lacto-vegetarian diet: Adding only dairy products to your diet, neither meat nor eggs.
  • Ovo-vegetarian diet: Adding only eggs to your vegetarian diet.
  • Pescatarian: Adding only fish to your vegetarian diet.
In VegetPlace, we believe in this flexibility of vegetarian diets, because we can take the best of clean animal-derived foods (or kosher) as supplementary foods for our vegetarian diets supporting the individual tastes and preferences of our friends and followers around the world but without ever losing our natural healthy essence. For this reason we have The Keto and Paleo Diets in our contents.                                                 


According to  the word Vegan, is defined as a diet free of meat, dairy products and eggs, now it refers to any item from clothes to cleaning products made without animal by-products. So we can say that Veganism is a strict natural lifestyle in which we should avoid all kind of animal products and by-products not only involving foods but every animal by-product item as we mentioned above.

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The Vegan Society quotes that Veganism is a philosophy and a way of living which seeks to protect animals, and on the other side, it seeks to develop and promote animal-free alternatives, for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment.

The Vegan Diet is very diverse and you can eat:

    • All kinds of fruits an vegetables.
    • Nuts, grains and seeds.
    • Pulses, legumes and beans.
    • Starchy foods (fibre foods e.g. Oats, Potato with skin, wholemeal bread, wholewheat noodles, brown rice).
    • Calcium-fortified soya yoghurt alternative.


Vegetarian vs. Vegan – Comparative Table

                                           ITEMS:       Vegetarian    Vegan
Eating products that are not of animal slaughter.             YES       YES
Eating milk, cheese, yoghurt, and dairy products.             YES        NO
Avoid clothes or other products derived from animals.              NO       YES
It’s a philosophy of life protecting animals and the environment.              NO        YES
                                                                                                                                                                              Source: Own elaboration


In Conclusion:

Vegetarian diet is a more flexible diet than Vegan, and for technical definitions we can read at The European Vegetarian Union Position Paper, which paragraph (2)-page 4 shows a list where we can understand that Vegetarians can consume animal by-products, but these don’t involve the slaughter of animals.

Vegan is “the strict vegetarian version”, so vegans will never consume foods of animal origin, they don’t consume anything of animal by-products and will never use/wear animal by-product clothes or anything related with animals. Moreover Vegans take seriously their lifestyle as a philosophy of life protecting animals, humans, and the earth environment.