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Plant-Based / Vegetarian / Vegan. What’s the difference?

So the question that comes up over and over again is what is the difference between vegan and vegetarian or what is the difference between vegan and plant-based? We thought we would dive in and take a look at the differences between them all and shine a light for those new to the movement.

Vegetarian

Someone who does not eat meat or fish. This may be for religious, health, ethical or moral reasons. Vegetarians can however still eat dairy, eggs or milk products.

Vegan

Someone who does not eat, consume or use animal products in any capacity. A person who subscribes to a vegan ‘lifestyle’ may even avoid entertainment, sport or events that involve the use of animals.

Plant-Based

Someone who eats a plant-based ‘diet’ eats predominantly plants, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes fruits and possible the ‘occasional’ animal product. This is purely from a diet perspective and doesn’t take into account clothing or products put on the skin

Flexitarian / Vegan-Curious

These are two of the emerging categories of the movement and allow the everyday person the chance to explore eating less meat and dairy without the black and white labels of vegan, vegetarian or even plant-based. These emerging categories are a great stepping stone for people who are put of by over stigmatisation of certain labels.


So hopefully this helps a little in distingusing the difference between the various lifestlyles. We are a little bit biased but obviously believe that going 100% vegan is the best way of ensuring you are not cuasing harm to animals, the planet and your health but we also know that sometimes people need to transition through vegetarian and other philopsphies in the journey and so these above provide those stepping stones.

If you had any questions around these, that you would like answered please get in touch with us at any stage at hey@letsgovegan.com.au

And finally heres a few videos you may like to take a look at that help look at the differences in lifestyles.

LGV!

A little more about the distinction between vegetarian & vegan living.

Some reasons to consider moving from vegetarian to vegan with James Aspey


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