What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?


Can you explain to me, please, what is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

Thank you!

Polina Zueva
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A vegan diet excludes all kinds of animal products- meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy food, honey.

A vegetarian diet only excludes meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, so vegetarians can still eat eggs and dairy products.

There are also different kinds of vegetarians: Lacto- vegetarians (they eat dairy products, but not eggs) and ovo- vegetarians (they eat eggs, but exclude dairy food).

Read also about the difference between "vegan" and "plant-based".


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    “Vegetarian” is a more general term, meaning not eating meat. “Vegan” means an individual does not eat anything that comes from an animal which also include eggs, milk, or honey.

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    “Vegetarian” meaning not eating meat. Vegetarians can eat eggs or dairy products (milk, cheese).

    “Vegan” is a more general term, meaning “not harming animals”. It can refer to someone who avoids animal products completely; it can also mean someone who avoids using any animal products (even honey).

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