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Is there a difference between being a vegetarian and a vegan?

I want to become meat-free but I also want my nutrition too. If anyone knows of a site of vegetarian dishes too, please let me know. Thank you in advance!

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11 Responses to “Is there a difference between being a vegetarian and a vegan?”

  1. B R I T T ! said :

    vegans dont drink stuff that is made out of animals. like yogurt, milk, eggs, cheese.

  2. Olivia C said :

    A vegetarian is a more generic term for someone who doesn’t eat meat. It is usually used to refer to ovo-lacto vegetarians – those who don’t eat meat, but still eat dairy and eggs. A vegan is a strict vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat OR animal byproducts like milk, dairy, eggs, butter, or honey.

    As for dishes, and have lots of good recipes, many of which are vegetarian/vegan. I would also recommend buying a vegetarian cookbook. I have Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, it’s very helpful to me in coming up with ideas. Or you can always look through whatever cookbooks you have (Joy of Cooking, etc) and find vegetarian or vegan recipes, or just make recipes that have meat without the animal ingredients. Good luck!

  3. J said :

    Vegans eat no animal byproducts whats-so-ever meaning no milk, butter, eggs, honey etc. Try

  4. thezaylady said :

    A vegetarian simply does not eat meat.
    A vegan does not eat anything with animal products, such as gelatin or processed foods cooked in animal fat.

  5. basketball <3 (#24) said :

    vegetarians just dont eat meat. vegans do not consume anything that came from an animal
    Ex: meat, dairy, etc

  6. mrszacefron94 said :

    vegans don’t eat or drink by-products from animals i.e cheese milk eggs….

  7. KatieLikesYourSocks said :

    well, the difference: vegetarians dont eat meat, but they eat dairy products. vegans dont eat anything to do with animals, or wear anything to do with them.

    a few veggie meals: quorn ready meals, quorn sandwich products, tofu, lentils, beans, pulses, vegetables, fruits, bread, and alot more products, type in vegetarian recipes in google, it will come up with a lot of recipes 🙂

    hope this helps x

  8. kitchen2000 said :

    The word “vegetarian” is a generic blanket term used to describe anybody who does not eat meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. This encompasses vegans and also the various vegetarian sub-groups. Vegetarians are generally those people who have chosen a diet with far less restrictions than those chosen by a vegan.
    The differences between the various vegetarian sub-groups may appear to be small, but they are very important to the members who belong to each groups. In many cases the distinctions are important dietary or ethical decisions taken by the individual.

    Here are the various vegetarian sub-groups:

    Semi-vegetarians are people who have chosen to live a lifestyle which is not strictly vegetarian. A semi-vegetarian may be a person who only eats meat occasionally, or perhaps doesn’t eat meat, but eats poultry and fish.

    1) Ovo-Lacto-Vegetarian
    Ovo-lacto vegetarians are vegetarians who do not eat meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but do eat eggs and milk. This is by far the largest group of vegetarians.

    2) Ovo-Vegetarian
    Ovo-vegetarians are people who would be classed as vegans if they did not eat eggs.

    3) Lacto-Vegetarian
    Lacto-vegetarians are people who would be classed as vegans if they did not consume milk.

    This is by far the strictest vegetarian sub-group or category.
    A vegan is a person who has chosen not to consume any animal products or byproducts. Some will even so far as not consuming honey and yeast, and others will not wear any clothing made from animal products. Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The most common reasons for becoming a vegan are ethical commitment or moral convictions concerning animal rights, the environment, human health, and spiritual or religious concerns. Of particular concern are the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing, and the intensive use of land and other resources required for animal farming.

  9. Rivers said :

    Hey there, thank you for thinking about the animals.

    To be vegan is to try and minimise the suffering you inflict on animals, this largely involves a strict-vegetarian diet (no meat or animal products) but isn’t limited to this – vegans don’t contribute to animal exploitation by buying leather, silk, wool, don’t abuse animals for entertainment and find non-animal tested alternatives for cosmetics and toiletrees. It’s a lifestyle, not just a diet as most people think – as animals don’t only suffer for what you eat.

    Vegetarianism or even veganism is not nearly as hard as the public, the popular press and meat and animal product industries like to make out.

    All of the things in meat, dairy and eggs can be replaced with plant-based alternatives that are far healthier.

    You don’t need supplements, and all the essential nutrients can be found in vegetation – often, vegetarians and vegans are healthier because they consume more vitamins and things like that in their diet.

    Protein is not an issue. A few vegan foods even have more protein content than milk and meat. Most Westerners have too much protein (I heard 100 grams a day, they don’t even need 50) and it causes all sorts of problems when it’s from animal sources, such as osteoporosis.

    Calcium is not a problem either. In fact, protein from animal sources can drain the calcium from the bones, so calcium isn’t nearly as useful if you’re eating a non-vegan diet. Calcium is readily available in a number of vegan foods, from leafy greens and fortified products such as soya milk.

    Iron is the same – you can get it in lots of vegetation and even in nuts.

    There are a lot of links from meat and animal products to various cancers (particularly bowel cancer), gastric ulcers, renal calculi (kidney stones), obesity, hypertention, heart disease, cholesterol and excessive mucus and other respiratory complaints

    Dr. Colin Campbell, a top biochemist, says that cow’s milk protein is possibly the most potential carcinogen exposed to man on a day to day basis – have a look at the China Study. Common sense serves here, drinking what is meant for the infants of another species is bound to cause problems – there are natural growth hormones in milk that are basically telling your feet to grow into hooves – it seems likely to be able to cause cell mutations, don’t you think?

    There are vegetarian and vegan alternatives to everything, and by all means your health should improve provided you take a little care with a big dietary change (they can upset your system whether for better or worse – lifetime habits with things as fundamental as food can be tricky to break)

    It’s good if you go vegetarian from meat-eating, it’ll save lots of animals lives, but I would strongly recommend you consider veganism. Animals in the egg and dairy industry are treated much the same as those in the meat industry – calves are shot in the head at birth or raised as veal through the milk industry (dairy cows must have calves every year to give milk) and day old male chicks (that is when they can be sexed) are macerated (ground up alive), gassed or just left to die, since they only need hens for eggs.

    Vegetarianism would be a good step towards veganism, and I would certainly condone it if you are worried about your body at first, but please do keep veganism in mind, it really isn’t all that hard and makes a world of difference to the animals (once source suggests that the average-meat eater ends the life of 2000 animals in his/her lifetime) and of course to the planet and to yourself.

    I hope all this helps!

    With the best intentions,


    P.S. Please feel free to e-mail me about anything to do with vegetarianism or veganism and even recipes, I’d be more than happy to help!

  10. Jenna said :

    Vegetarians avoid only meat products while vegans avoid all animal products (leathers, furs, dairy, meat, gelatin, etc.). Veganism is more of a lifestyle than a diet. You will need to be careful about getting vitamins in either case. You should really start out as a vegetarian and advance towards becoming a vegan. has both vegan and vegetarian recipes.

    Good luck, you’re making a difference. xoxo

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