What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

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You have certainly heard a lot the term vegetarian in the past. However, nowadays more and more people are declaring themselves vegan. So, what is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

The main similarity:

Vegetarians and vegans don’t eat any kind of animals, including all products or by-products of slaughter. People typically choose these diets because of health concerns, religious restrictions or moral concerns about harming animals.

The main difference:

Vegans eat no animal products, while vegetarians don’t eat animals, but may eat products that come from them (such as dairy and eggs).

Some extra information:

  • Some vegetarians also exclude dairy, some don’t, and some may not consume eggs.
  • Many vegans also avoid household products, clothing, or other items made from animal products or tested on animals.