Vegetarian vs Vegan Delicious Diets
Did you ever wonder what the difference is between vegetarian and vegan delicious diets? I know, I did, and I asked Google this very question. A lot of people confuse the two. This article will shed some light on them. As you might know, they are becoming more and more popular. I will also have a brief look at their benefits for our bodies, the animals and the environment.
- Vegetarian diets have reportedly been around since as early as 700 B.C.
- There are several types of vegetarian diets and also a few different vegan diets. People may practice one or the other for various reasons, including health, ethical, environmental, and religious reasons. I am a vegan for health reasons, to protect the animal world from cruelty, and to help the environment become healthier again.
- Vegan diets are a little more recent but are getting a fair amount of press. They are also called strict vegetarian diets.
- Both diets avoid meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, seafood, and any slaughtered animals or their by-products.
- This article takes a look at the similarities and differences between these two diets.
- It also briefly discusses how they affect your health and the environment.
According to Wikipedia, a vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish, or by-products of animal slaughter.
Vegetarian diets contain various levels of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The inclusion of dairy and eggs depends on the type of diet you follow.
The most common types of vegetarians include:
- Vegetarians who avoid all animal flesh, however, consume dairy and egg products are called Lacto-ovo (lacto=dairy & ovo=egg) vegetarians.
- Lacto vegetarians avoid animal flesh, fish, and eggs but do consume dairy products.
- Vegetarians who avoid all animal products except eggs would be ovo vegetarians.
- There are also people eating fish and once in a while a piece of meat. In my opinion, they are not vegetarians anymore.
See below what Wikipedia has to say: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism.
Vegans do not eat any animal products or by-products. However, there are different types as well.
- Dietary vegans (also known as strict vegetarians). They don’t eat animal products and by-products, i.e., meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, seafood, dairy, eggs, or honey.
- They eat mainly cooked food, including grains, potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables, soy products, vegan meat replacement, etc.
- Vegans who eat fruit and vegetables only. They don't eat rice, pasta, grains, or legumes.
- A raw vegan diet includes vegetables, fruits, sprouted grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, and sea vegetables. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism#Raw_veganism.
- Then there are the ones who eat raw vegetables and fruit only.
- And the diet I am aiming for is the natural and raw fruit diet (called a “frugivorous” diet).
- The ethical vegan (also known as a moral vegetarian) is not only eating a vegan diet (cooked or raw) but also avoids all uses of animal products or by-products. They avoid the following:
- Wearing leather clothing, accessories, and shoes.
- Wearing wool clothing, like sweaters, mittens, and scarves.
- Buying leather furniture.
- Omit all uses of silk, honey & honey candles, gelatin, etc.
- They will not use any products, which are animal tested, i.e.,
- Body wash,
- Cleaning supplies, etc.
- The list is very long.
Effect Of A Vegan Lifestyle On Our Health
The animal products free diet has many health benefits, and it helps with:
- Weight loss
- Reduced risk of cancer, especially prostate and colon
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular and other diseases
- Increased energy
- Beautifies skin and hair
- Extends life expectancy
How Does It Affect Our Environment?
A strict and moral vegetarian diet (also called veganism) presents many environmental benefits:
- One huge benefit is the reduction of greenhouse gases, by
- Reducing the need for meat, poultry and fish. The huge animal farms would slowly disappear. That means fewer animals are to be fed, and we could re-forest the planet and grow plants for our food instead, which has a huge impact on the environment.
- There are no meat and fish transports needed because we can use local products in a vegan diet.
- It reduces world hunger.
- Almost ¾ of grains planted in the US are fed to livestock, and it is even more globally.
- Plants & trees could be grown on the land used for livestock and the production of grains.
- It conserves water. Livestock is drinking millions of litres of water, which we could use for people instead.
- Livestock is a large cause of water pollution due to their defecation.
- Growing many different plants will cause the earth to recover.
- It decreased pollution caused by deforestation and live animals’ defecation. Trees store a lot of carbon.
- Raising livestock uses up a lot of precious energy. A tremendous amount would reduce this.
A Vegan Diet Has A Lot Of Advantages
As you can see in this article, a strict and moral vegetarian diet has many benefits on
- Our health
- Your and my energy
- The environment
- And, most importantly, global hunger
There are not too many differences between a vegetarian and a vegan diet. The main one being that some vegetarians eat dairy products and/or eggs. Both diets include raw and cooked fruit, vegetables, squash, potatoes, rice, grains, nuts and seeds, legumes, tofu and pasta.
I personally don't eat any animal products or byproducts. I also stay away from gluten, dairy and eggs. My main food is raw fruit, smoothies, vegetables, herbs and juices. I have a delicious mixed salad for dinner, and my husband eats organic vegetables and organic potatoes. We thrive on this food and have a lot more energy.
I trust you enjoyed this article about the Vegetarian vs. Vegan Delicious Diets. Please stay tuned for more blog posts on veganism to come soon. Take care!
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