Vegetarian Vs Vegan Difference – Plus, 7 More Diets Explained.

Vegetarian-vs-Vegan-Diference

We all know vegans, vegetarians and the regular eaters (omnivores). The basic rule of this distinction is known to be the enjoyment or renunciation of products of animal origin. Sounds quite simple and comprehensible, right?

But, what about terms such as rawism (raw foodism), fruitarianism or flexitarianism? You ask yourself: “What is behind the vegetarian vs vegan difference, and are there actually similarities and distinctions?” I’ve got you covered, and I’ve done my research to provide a little more clarity for you.

Vegetarian

First and foremost, the vegetarian differs from the omnivorous eater by refraining from eating meat. Vegetarians, however, don’t equal vegetarians. Generally speaking, vegetarianism means a diet in which, mostly for ethical reasons, sometimes also for health reasons, people eat plant-based foods and goods produced by animals, such as milk, eggs, and honey.

The vegetarian dispenses with meat, fish and products derived from it, such as gelatin. Often it is very difficult, though, to leave out all by-products as they’re often not declared on the labels. This means that some juices or cheeses are manufactured or filtered using animal products, such as lard used in baked goods, e.g.

Valuable tips to help you start off as a vegetarian. 

In the Case of Vegetarianism, other Subcategories can be Distinguished, too.

Ovo Lacto Vegetarian  

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As the Latin concepts ovo “egg” and lacto “milk” already reveal, these are vegetarians who do without meat and fish, but they still consume eggs and dairy products.

Lacto Vegetarians

Lacto Vegetarians, on the other hand, do not only remove meat and fish from their meal plan, but also the eggs.

Ovo Vegetarians

By contrast, the ovo vegetarians consume eggs, but no dairy and neither meat nor fish.

Flexitarian

Some people mockingly like to refer to flexitarians as “part-time vegetarians. The flexitarians advocate for a more moderate meat intake and make sure it’s meat that doesn’t come from factory farming. Meat rarely comes to the table here, and only on special occasions.

Many vegans, but also vegetarians, believe that the flexitarians are hardly different from the regular omnivores. Most flexitarians, unlike vegetarians and vegans, are more concerned with their healthy diets than with animal welfare. On the other hand, it could be argued that the consumption of meat here is at least in a reduced form; they reject factory farming, too, and don’t support it.

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I, personally, believe that the flexitarian diet is the healthiest and probably best for all involved. If everyone would cut back on their meat consumption, as flexitarians do, then there’d be no use for mass production and slaughter of the animals, and our economy would be thriving as well.

 

I think it’s also the best-balanced diet. Too much meat just isn’t healthy either, yet, a small amount once in a while does supply certain nutrients which are hard to come by when on a strictly plant-based diet.

Vegan

Those who continue vegetarianism consequently end up being vegans. Vegans are characterized by the purely plant-based diet with a renunciation of all products from live animals such as eggs, milk or honey.

They also make sure to transfer this form of nutrition to all areas of their daily lives, This means that they do not use animal products such as leather for shoes and bags or wool for clothing.

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In addition, there are some other forms of nutrition that we do not want to withhold from you for the sake of completeness.

Pescetarians

The so-called “fish vegetarians” do without meat, but they fancy fish, eggs, milk, and honey. Not all pescetarians eat crustaceans (lobster, shrimps, crabs) and mollusks (snails, mussels, octopuses, etc.). In addition, the fish must not come from mass stock-breeding, either.

 

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Raw Foodist

The nutritional form of the raw foodists is in principle open to all types of food. By its very nature, however, there is a great deal of overlap with vegetarians and, in particular, vegans.

The followers of this diet heat their food to a maximum of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or they just leave it in the raw state.

Enzymes and vitamins should be preserved. In theory, meat and fish may, therefore, be eaten provided that they remain only slightly heated or natural. Fruit and vegetables are, however, usually a raw foodist’s main source of nutrition.

Fruitarian

The term Fruitarian is derived from “fruit” and “vegetarian.” They, too, rely on a plant-based diet, but in an even stricter sense. Because they don’t just want to do harm to the animals, they don’t want to do harm to the plants from which their food comes from, either.

Fruitarians, therefore, consume only fruits and vegetables that already have fallen from the tree or shrub, or that can be readily picked from the plant. In other words: Fruitarians eat what nature voluntarily offers, or herbal products whose extraction does not harm the plant. Thus, they consume berries, nuts and seeds.

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They, furthermore, feast on vegetable and fruits such as pumpkins, tomatoes and avocados, legumes such as beans and peas, as well as cereals.

Tubers, roots and leaves of food crops such as beets, spinach, leeks, potatoes and onions, on the other hand, are taboo, since, when harvesting, the mother plant and its root work would be damaged.

On the one hand, the fruitarians consume food that has a large list of minerals and vitamins, and on the other hand, this very limited food choice also leads to the risk of malnutrition.

While proteins fall short easily in this form of the diet, high fructose intake can lead to elevated cholesterol and sugar levels due to the high consumption of fruit. It is quite clear that when choosing this form of nutrition, you need to be particularly careful that you can cover all the important vitamins.

Freeganism-diet

 

Freeganism

The freeganers are a politically motivated group that basically does not exclude food in the diet. The produce, however, must not come from commercial trade, because their intention as political activists aims to point out poverty and people’s consumer behavior. Thus, they basically feed only on home-grown, gifted, discarded or found food.

Ketotarians

With this diet, they cut out all forms of carbohydrates, but eat a massive amount of fats (including animal fats). We have plenty of info regarding the Keto diet, including pros, cons, side effects and benefits ) here on our website Be my guest to stop by and read up on t as much as you desire. Here’s one good article for starters.

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Paleotarians

 

Feeding on food that was already available in the Stone Age. This form of diet is also referred to as a Stone Age diet or Paleo diet.

The selection of this form of nutrition includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, and meat. In return, dairy and cereal products are dispensed with.

 

This tends to be more of a form of diet that follows the idea that the human organism has been accustomed to this diet for 2.5 million years and is, therefore, easy to digest and exploit.

Then again, it could be argued that man now needs less energy than he did in the Stone Age, and the high protein content also seems to be of concern.

As you clearly recognize, nowadays you truly are, to a greater extent, what you eat. Due to the variety and possibilities offered to you, you can freely decide what you want to consume and why; basically a really great thing!

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Thank you so much for reading my article. I truly hope you’ve enjoyed and that you found it helpful. I’d be very happy to hear from you, so please leave a comment below with suggestions, questions or even your own experiences with diets. Your opinion and thoughts are important to me.

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That being said, I’m sending you much love, happiness, harmony and an abundance of all good things. Please, do not forget: You are beautiful, precious and unique regardless of what others say about or do to you.

I want you to always keep in mind how special you are, and that there is a wonderful reason why you are here on Earth. You’re needed, and I thank you for your existence. Please, keep on shining…Always!

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6 thoughts on “Vegetarian Vs Vegan Difference – Plus, 7 More Diets Explained.

  1. Hi Alexandra! Nice article, I am very interested in food and nutrition and different types of diets. You article has a lot of good basic information and also a couple of new terms I didn’t know about.
    -Joonas

    1. Hi, Joona. I’m happy that you enjoyed it. And, new terms are always welcome, right? 😉

      Wishing you a great day.

      Sincerely,

      Alexandra

  2. Marco Vermeulen

    Wow, thanx for clearing up the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian. Alot of people still get confused between the two.
    I didn’t know there’s so many subcatagories. Really informative, loved it.
    Thanx for the info.

  3. Andy

    Love your article.

    I agree that you are what you eat and diet needs to be seriously addressed, the rise of disease directly coincides with a rise in junk food and a nutrient deficient diet.

    I suffer from arthritis and have found great relief from keeping to a keto diet, I even read your article on a keto diet, great info there!

    I try to keep to organic, fresh, unpackaged products that keep me energised and also help me sleep better.

    1. Hi, Andy.

      Yes, you are what you eat. That’s exactly what we try to let people know. I am very happy that our posts help you and more so that you found relief from your Arthritis discomfort with the Ket diet.

      Please, keep us updated on how you’re doing, because we truly care.

      Many blessings,

      Alexandra

  4. Great post, I must admit I had not heard of most of the diets you mention, only vegetarian and vegan. It was interesting to see what other people include or exclude from their diets. some seem a bit extreme to me.
    Last year I cut down on the meat and started eating more vegetable based meals and the weight dropped of me. i used to get bad indigestion, but changing my eating habits has stopped this. So apart from the weight loss, no longer getting indigestion is a great side effect of eating healthy.
    Thanks again for you article and I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Frank

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