Question: What Is The Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian?

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Although I am vegan by choice I want you to know that here at The vegetarian Center I am more interested in helping you to begin to reduce the amount of animal foods you are currently having.  That may be by just having one day a week being meat free .... that in itself will be awesome.

But first a very common question meat-eaters have is "what is the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian?".

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Allow me to begin by pointing out that both are very much into caring for animals. Certainly there are numerous reasons individuals opt to move away from meat. It can be animal rights, religious, cost-effective or also simply pure flavor and love of different foods.

A whole lot people begin as vegetarians and steadily, with time, start to recognize that the bulk of their dishes are actually vegan so the change is really quite simple.

Neither a Vegan nor a Vegetarian eats any part of an animal. Let me just add here the the word "animal" refers to four-legged, two-legged, with wings, without wings and those that swim or are able to escape danger (e.g. shellfish). Some-one once said "if it had a mommy, then I'm not eating it".

The difference between Vegan and Vegetarian is basic.

There are some foods that come from animals that Vegetarians do eat and Vegans don't. These are milk, cheese and various other dairy items, eggs and honey. Speaking of cheese, a product called rennet is used in the making of cheese. Now there are 2 kinds of rennet, one is made from the belly lining of young animals, usually from calves, the other is made from vegetable ... I assume you can figure out which one a vegetarian chooses.

Wine also can use animal by-products for filtering. Some vineyards will label if they are vegetarian, however, that's not always the case, so it's a good idea to ask if you can.

Naturally vegetarians are usually fairly specific that these "animal" items are organic and/or free range range as most vegetarians do subscribe to animal welfare.

On the the other hand, Vegans do not have anything that is produced by an animal at all. They use products such as soy milk or nut milk, use egg replacement and components like nutritional yeast or tahini instead of cheese.

Vegans, normally, are more outspoken regarding animal rights and welfare and will make certain their clothing, footwear and bags are not made from natural leather or any animal by-products e.g. wool.

The choices in foods are increasing and you can buy good vegetarian foods from the supermarket,vegetables health stores, farmers markets or even online to cook in your home. The choices on restaurant menus and in cafes is also increasing for both Vegetarians and Vegans and meals are various, tasty and nourishing. Dishes abound for Vegans and Vegetarians and lots of people are making the decision to forgo meat even if it is for just one day a week.

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