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post #11 of 16 Old 01-09-2009, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by PaintedLady View Post
Ya know DC, I never ever THOUGHT beyond the food requirements!
This makes such sense! (Duh!!)
What's the difference between 'vegetarian' and 'vegan'? I honestly don't know! From the outside looking in...they are the same thing!

There are many different ideas of what each mean. I personally feel a vegetarian does not eat any meat, or fish. A vegan does not eat any meat/fish and does not consume any animal byproduct, such as milk, or eggs.

Some people feel a vegetarian means they don't eat any meat, but can have fish, and some people believe a vegetarian does not eat any red meat.

Whenever someone says they are a vegetarian/vegan I ask for clarification, if it matters.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-09-2009, 08:44 PM
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The definition I read is vegans do not eat anything that came from an animal which means no eggs or dairy products as well as no flesh from any creature including fish. A vegetarian eats no flesh including fish but eats products that came from an animal such as eggs or milk. I am mostly vegetarian though I do buy noodles that have meat flavoring. I used to have my own poultry for eggs and plan to again in a few years and I will probably get a dairy cow and milking machine.
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-09-2009, 08:54 PM
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I'm not a vegan, but I have a friend who is. I personally don't like most meats and don't eat meat hardly ever, but I wouldn't ever put myself in even a vegetarian category.

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Originally Posted by PaintedLady View Post
Ya know DC, I never ever THOUGHT beyond the food requirements!
This makes such sense! (Duh!!)
What's the difference between 'vegetarian' and 'vegan'? I honestly don't know! From the outside looking in...they are the same thing!
Now, I was always told that vegetarians can eat fish, and eggs, but I have since found that may be faulty. I don't eat meat, or eat eggs, or eat stuff cooked in meat. But dairy and cheese is okay, and since I use herbal teas honey is just a must. Kinda like Hindus (tho I am not a Hindu).

I just view all 'meat' as a dead thing now, and no matter how it is prepared it is not appealing to me to eat. To make it worse, me and my youngest were one of the unfortunates poisoned by the peanut butter, so I have rather lost my taste for peanut butter (unless it is combined with chocolate, not kidding about the 'thing' for chocolate).

I have never been a big meat eater, giving up beef and pork wasn't a big deal, I didn't eat much of it anyway. I think that I lingered the longest over shrimp.

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post #15 of 16 Old 01-10-2009, 01:18 AM
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Thanks all...for your replies. Now I have a lot to....digest. Always wondered about the difference, and I think now I understand....more...

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post #16 of 16 Old 01-11-2009, 06:57 PM
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I'm curious - how common are vegetarian and vegan options in the US? Is it hard to find these options in supermarkets, or when dining out?

I've never been to a UK restaurant without a decent selection of veggie options, and vegan ones are becoming more common. Food is also pretty clearly labelled in the supermarket and there's plenty of variety.

As I understand it, vegetarian means that one doesn't eat meat, and some veggies eat fish whereas others don't. Vegans abstain from all animal products, including things such as milk and eggs, and if they're true vegans they try and avoid using things like leather too.

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