A lot of us who are neither vegans nor vegetarians may have a hard time understanding the difference between the two diet practices. Both do not eat meat but they are different and similar in this sense;
- Vegans eat no animal or animal by-products.
- Vegetarians eat no animal but may eat products that come from them, e.g dairy and eggs.
- Vegan diets do not include honey, carmine and pepsin to name a few.
- Vegans and vegetarians both consume vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and beans.
- The vegan diet is the strictest form of vegetarianism.
- Both diets offer similar health benefits.
- Vegans are at risk for an essential Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.
- Vegetarians can get Omega-3 fatty acids from eggs and dairy products.
- Vegans may have lower BMI than vegetarians because they do not consume eggs or dairy products.
- Both vegetarian and vegan diets may provide health benefits like reduced body weight, lower cholesterol levels and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Vegetarians and vegans differ in their beliefs regarding the use of animals by humans. This is why some vegetarians may consume animal-derived products, whereas vegans do not.