What is Vegan/Vegetarian?

At Ideal Nutrition they offer both Vegan and Vegetarian meals. Typically, you will find about five meals on their menu that are either Vegan or Vegetarian. However, what is the difference between following a “vegan” diet versus a “vegetarian” diet? Let’s get to the bottom of this, shall we?

Vegans eat no animal products, while vegetarians don't eat animals, but may eat products that come from them (such as dairy and eggs). People may follow these diets for various reasons and Ideal Nutrition caters to both.

Let’s break them down:

Vegetarians are people who do not eat the products or byproducts of animals. Products not consumed:

  • Meat, such as beef and pork
  • Poultry, such as chicken and turkey
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Gelatin, and other types of animal protein
  • Stock or fats that derive from animals

However, many people who declare themselves as a vegetarian do consume byproducts that do not involve the harm of animals. These include:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy products (milk, cheese and yogurt)
  • Honey

Vegetarians consume a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and even “meat substitutes” that come from these food types. If you look at Ideal Nutrition’s menu you will find for example Vegan Meatballs and Beef Enchiladas that are made with meat substitutes. Vegetarianism is not as strict as veganism. There are several variations of the vegetarian diet:

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian - Avoids all types of meat and fish but consumes dairy products and eggs.
  • Lacto-vegetarian - Does not eat any meat, fish, or eggs but does consume dairy products.
  • Ovo-vegetarian - No consumption of meat, fish, or dairy products but do consumes eggs.
  • Pescatarian - No meat, expect fish and other types of seafood

Now, let’s take a look at the Vegan diet. Veganism is stricter than a traditional Vegetarian diet. Vegans avoid consuming or using any animal products or byproducts.

Most people who partake in this diet strictly avoid consuming any foods or beverages that contain:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Honey
  • Gelatin, and other types of animal protein
  • Stock or fats that derive from animals

Ideal Nutrition has many meals that are fit for any vegan or vegetarian. Not only are all the products vegan/vegetarian approved, but they are unbelievably delicious. If you have suggestions on Vegan or Vegetarian meals that you would like to see on Ideal Nutrition’s menu, please send an email to support@idealnutritionnow.com

I’m not a direct vegan or vegetarian, but I do enjoy many meals. I love Ideal Nutrition’s Vegan All Natural Eggplant Parmigiana, Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs and the Beyond Beef Enchiladas. Once again, if you’re a stickler for macro and calorie counting, all these meals are held in MyFitnessPal. Perfect for any gym buff! Email me at spartanfitness124@gmail.com or direct message me on Instagram @The.Spartan.Mermaid for other diet and fitness tips!