Vegetarianism and Veganism equally derive from the essential practice of maintaining a meat-free diet and in a 2015 Canadian poll, 25% of the population under the age of 50 identified themselves to be either Vegetarian or Vegan. Although there is a common misconception that people who follow the lifestyle of either one of these two diets, are following in a selfsame path due to the fact at it’s core, both are aiming towards a world without animal cruelty and obtaining the meat-free diet they are so known for; there is actually quite a vast difference between them such as, their physical appearance, the food they eat and the nutritional concerns in which significantly separate the two.
By way of contrast the physical appearance of Vegetarians and Vegans are different. Vegetarianism is the exclusion of all animal meat from a diet thus would not impact such things as makeup products and clothing you would use on a day-to-day basis therefore, you will see Vegetarians wearing and using anything they care too despite the origins of the product. Vegans on the other hand, do not eat or even use any animal products, this lifestyle will terminate all use of materials such as wools, suede and leather (All things Vegetarians would use) because they believe the process of obtaining these materials is not ethically correct. Not only will they stop wearing certain clothing materials, but they will also look for different makeup brands that have not been tested on animals in the laboratory during the creation of the product and many also tend to shy away from makeup all together as it is extremely hard to find good, skin safe brands that haven’t been tested on an animal.
It is as well important to note the substantial difference between the two dietary plans between a Vegetarian and a Vegan. As noted before the denotation of a Vegetarian is someone who refuses to eat meat or anything dairy orientated however, there are a wide range of “Vegetarians” who don’t specifically follow the route of cutting out every single meat and dairy product available to them. There are Lacto-vegetarians who wont eat meat or eggs but will eat other dairy products such as yogurt, Ovo-vegetarian’s who eat eggs but no dairy products or meat and there are Pescatarian’s who wont eat any meant or dairy products but they will eat fish. Veganism contrarily involves no rule bending. You do not eat, wear or use any animal byproducts.
Things you would never guess are not Vegan fiendly such as honey, are excluded from their diet. Vegans will not consume honey due to the fact it is produced by bees for bees and the well-being of the insect could be sacrificed by harvesting the honey. In summary, Vegetarians are immensely more lenient with what they can and cannot eat whereby Vegans are exceedingly more strict and conscientious (food-wise) in comparison. Subsequently, as a result of them cutting down on important foods, there are some nutritional concerns that proceed them however, Vegans are documented having worse repercussions.
As a Vegetarian they follow, for the most part, a healthy plant based diet and are more likely to get important nutrients a body needs to perform basic tasks each day. Vegetarians have the capability of receiving a higher content in Fiber, Folic acid’s, Vitamin C and also E, Potassium and Magnesium then a Vegan would solely because Vegan’s have cut out more foods from their diet then a normal Vegetarian ever would. “People who followed a healthful plant-based diet but included more animal foods (still staying below six servings a day) were less likely to die than those who followed the highly processed unhealthful plant diet” (Pierre-Louis, “Vegetarian and vegan diets aren’t necessarily more healthy”, 2017) Becoming a Vegan is a lot more high risk then becoming a Vegetarian, for instance, Vegans have an increased risk of nutritional deficiency; It is extremely difficult to replace all of the food that they have cut out of their diet. They have a hard time getting micronutrients such as Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Calcium and Omega 3 “Unless Vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed.
” (Craig, W. J., “Health effects of vegan diets”,2009) Compared to Vegetarians, Vegans have a more difficult time and sometimes require added supplements to their diet in order to keep the body healthy; something Vegetarians wouldn’t necessarily need to do.