Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet?
You’re not alone.
This article will help compare the two to give you an idea what each diet is all about as well as how they’re different from each other.
What is a Vegetarian Diet
There are three main kinds of vegetarian diets. All three diets share one thing in common, none of them include meat in their diet. No meat, chicken, or fish. Aside from that, the three diets are a bit different from one another.
Here’s how they’re different.
Lacto-ovo-vegetarians – These vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs.
Lacto-vegetarians – These vegetarians choose to eat dairy products, but not eggs.
Ovo-vegetarians – These vegetarians eat eggs, but not dairy products.
Although all vegetarians agree that they want to abstain from the actual meat from animals they disagree quite a bit on where the line should be regarding other animal products like dairy, eggs, and honey.
These forms of vegetarianism can get increasingly difficult because, the more you cut out of your diet, the more you have to look for as you shop. The number of foods that have butter, eggs, and milk in them is really unbelievable should you ever try to avoid them. This is why Fresh N Lean made our vegetarian meal delivery system. We figured vegetarians could use help meeting their diet restrictions just as much as anyone else.
What is a Vegan Diet
Veganism is different from vegetarianism in that a vegan abstains from all animal products. That means no meat, no dairy, and no honey. In some ways, there are two types of veganism. There are dietary vegans who avoid eating or drinking animal products and there are lifestyle vegans who also avoid wearing and using leather and fur.
This is the biggest difference between vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarianism is a diet whereas veganism can be a life philosophy. You can get as in-depth into your veganism as you choose.
There are a lot of vegan-specific myths out there. If you want to learn which vegan myths you’ve heard are true or false, check out our 20 vegan myths article. One of the biggest myths about being vegan is that it’s super inconvenient and expensive to be vegan, but that doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve made an inexpensive, vegan meal delivery service where we send ready-to-eat meals right to your front door. You just pick the meal you want to eat and we’ll make sure it has all of the nutrition you need.
Things To Look Out For
Whether you choose to be vegetarian or vegan, both share some common dietary issues that you will have to look out for.
Protein – There isn’t a vegetarian or a vegan on Earth that isn’t sick of people asking them, “Where do you get your protein?” But it’s true. Most people get their protein from animal products. You can get protein from non-animal sources, but you have to eat right to do it.
If you’re switching over to a vegetable-rich diet, make sure you’re eating plenty of whole grains, beans, nuts, and leafy greens. All of these foods are both vegetarian and vegan-friendly, and they’re all packed with protein. Make sure to eat a mix of all four types of food so you can get the complete proteins your body needs to function.
Vitamins and Minerals – We get a lot of our vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, or at least we’re supposed to. But there are some vitamins and minerals we get mostly from animal products. For most people, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and calcium all predominantly come from animal products.
For vegetarians and vegans, you can get these vitamins from whole grains, beans, oats, broccoli, leafy greens, and soybeans. You just have to make sure that you’re finding ways to incorporate these food items in your meal or use a meal delivery service like Fresh N Lean that will balance all of your vitamins and minerals for you.
Get Everything You Need Out of Your Diet With Fresh N Lean
There are health benefits to either the vegetarian and vegan diet, as long as you eat right. It’s so easy to fall into a habit of eating vegan-friendly junk food, but that won’t make you any healthier than you are right now. You can put all the work in necessary to meet your new dietary standards, or you can eat with Fresh N Lean and we’ll do all of the work for you. The choice is yours.