February 15, 2005

Vegetarian versus Vegan

In the U.S., a vegetarian is quite different than a vegan. The former doesn't have to merely have vegetables for daily meals; however, eggs, seafood, and milk are fit to be eaten and drunk. On contrary, a vegan means a strict vegetarian who allows him/herself to eat vegetables only. Furthermore, if the people only feed on fruits, they must be a "fruitarians".


  1. Saying that a vegan "allows him/herself to eat vegetables only" is a bit misleading. Vegans have a wide range of foods to choose from: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, soy, grains, etc.

    Your definition also neglects the other lifestyle aspects of veganism. A fuller definition would be:

    "Veganism may be defined as a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."

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  2. Thanks for the correction. You have made us know better about veganism.