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What is the difference between Vegan, Vegetarian and Plant Based?

What is the difference between Vegan, Vegetarian and Plant Based?

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.


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.



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.



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 off by over stigmatisation of certain labels.


Final Thoughts

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

If you had any questions about these, that you would like answered please get in touch with us at any stage at

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


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

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