What are Differences Between Vegan and Vegetarian Diets?

There are a lot of misconceptions about vegan and vegetarian diets. Let's explore the similarities and differences.

Those following either vegetarian or vegan diets will avoid meat and any animal products.


Some choose a vegetarian diet on moral grounds to prevent the loss of life of animals. Vegetarians generally eat eggs and dairy products, though.

Vegetarian Diet

The vegan diet is much more restrictive than vegetarian.  It can also be called a "plant based" diet.

Vegan Diet

Vegans believe that animals should be afforded the same rights as humans and that they are not here to serve us in any way.

Vegan Diet

Vegans will also avoid all animal products such as dairy, eggs, cheese, honey, and any foods containing them.

Vegan Diet

There is not one diet that is best for all people. Talk with your doctor, experiment, and decide what foods are optimal for you.

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Carrie Forrest is the creator of Clean Eating Kitchen, a healthy recipe website. She holds a master's degree in public health.