Before I share the difference, I just want to put out there that I know there are several specific types of vegetarians, as some will eat fish or even poultry, but I’m going by the definitions I know to be true for myself.
A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat any meat or meat by-products. This includes all meats such as beef, pork, chicken, veal, etc where an animal is killed and its meat is eaten. Most vegetarians still eat eggs and dairy, but won’t eat things like gelatin and other products made directly from animal parts.
A vegan is someone who eats no animal products at all. No eggs, dairy, or meat. Most vegans also get to the place where they don’t wear leather, wool, angora, fur, ivory, or any other parts of an animal whether the animal was killed for that sole purpose or not.
Because dairy and eggs are so rampant in North America, and cheese is so addictive, there are far fewer vegans than vegetarians. Plus many vegetarians can see the harm in killing an animal for food, but not in taking its eggs or milk.
The name “vegan” came from the founder of the Vegan Society in 1944 as a statement against vegetarians who ate dairy products. He took the first and last letters of the word vegetarian to create his orthodox version of vegetarianism (blog.dictionary.com/veganism).
There are lots of great resources out there these days to help educate you on both veganism and vegetarianism.
Netflix has several documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Food Choices, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Vegucated, Food Matters, Cowspiracy, and Live And Let Live.
My favorite podcast that often goes into depth on plant-based eating is the Rich Roll Podcast.
I’m sure there are many other amazing resources out there (please share if you have one you love) as when I googled “veganism” over 298,000,000 results came up!
I have written several articles about my LONG journey from vegetarianism to veganism, here are the most popular ones…
How My Hubby Kept Me From Being Vegan for Years
3 Easy Ways to Start Eating Vegan
My Favorite Vegan Meals
Tips for Eating Vegan on the Road
If you are looking for recipes, I have thousands in my I HEART VEGAN RECIPES facebook group…
And if you are ready to go 7 days vegan, I have a challenge group complete with 7 different meal plans to fit your lifestyle…
See you on the VEG side!