Vegan vs Vegetarian: Will it be the Future?


Vegan vs Vegetarian: Will it be the Future?

Back in 1944, the term Vegan was first coined in England. Since then, the meaning, scope, and acceptance of veganism have evolved a lot, and more people are now accepting a vegan lifestyle. As per the reports of PETA, by 2050, more than 25% of the animal meat market is expected to be the vegan market, that is, the plant-based market. People have also noticed an increase in the vegetarian food menu in restaurants, which indicates a rising inclination towards a vegan diet. 

Animal cruelty has existed for ages, and veganism tends to be nothing but a complete stop to animal exploitation. In today's era, the concept of veganism has become more practical than ever before, and people across the globe are adapting veganism from vegan food to a complete lifestyle.

Did you know? The term Vegan is not new, but a group of vegetarian people from the Leicester Vegetarian Society in England coined it in 1944. They then formed the Vegan Society.

What is Vegan?

The meaning of Veganism is quite simple, that is, refraining from animal products as far as possible, be it for food, clothing, or any other purposes. So, vegan is not just vegetarian food but a lot more than that.

Veganism vs Vegetarianism: Know the Difference

Some people may confuse veganism and vegetarianism or use them interchangeably. Though the concepts may seem the same, there are differences between vegan and vegetarian. Look at the table below to learn about vegan vs. vegetarian:

Vegan Vegetarian
Veganism promotes the consumption of only plant-based food items. Vegetarianism includes plant-based food items as one of the options
Vegans refrain from dairy products as well. Vegetarianism includes dairy products and may also include eggs.
Vegans also refrain from using animal products for any purposes, be it clothing, cosmetics, or daily use items. Vegetarianism may or may not include the use of animal products for clothing and other purposes.

These are some of the major differences between vegan and vegetarian. Veganism is strictly against animal cruelty, be it for any purpose, and hence, relies completely on plant-based items. For a vegan, the concept of animal sanctuaries can be more apt than zoological parks or circuses.

What Do Vegans Eat?

Those exploring veganism are quite curious to know about vegan diets and nutrition especially vegan protein sources. Before moving any further, check out the vegan food list given below:

  • Beans: kidney beans, white beans, black beans
  • Peas: chickpeas, black-eyed peas, split peas
  • Lentils: brown, red, green lentils
  • Seeds: Sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed, chia seeds, sesame seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Plant milk and yoghourt
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Algae
  • Soya beans and soya bean products (tofu, natto, tempeh)
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Cashew
  • Non-dairy butter
  • Plant-based sweeteners like maple syrup molasses.

Tip: Nowadays, it is easier to find vegan products as most of the manufacturers now mention in the product details if it is a vegan food.

After going through the aforementioned vegan food list, you may have noticed that you are already consuming most of these items. By making a few basic changes, you can change your regular diet into a vegan diet. All you have to do is avoid animal products, and there you have vegan protein foods.

Why are People Moving towards Veganism?

As per reports, Asian Nations are expected to see fast growth of Vegans at a rate of 11% every year until 2027. India, in particular, has also witnessed the growth of the vegan market lately. Due to the rising concern of animal safety and health consciousness, many people have become eager to know more about the vegan lifestyle. 

Amid these reports, one essential question that arises is why people are focusing on veganism so much. What makes it so popular? Check out the pointers below to know more:

Ethics and Morals

In the ethics of any country, animal cruelty is looked down upon. Knowingly or unknowingly, animal cruelty is being practised by all of us. This is what a vegan person may believe, and for the sake of the coexistence of animals, veganism is adopted. It is the freedom of every species to live freely. Even milk-giving animals are slaughtered in the end. Veganism tends to promote the right to a cruelty-free life for everyone, so the best way out is a vegan diet.

Environmental Reasons

The environment is also being affected due to animal markets. 65% of nitrous oxide, 9% of carbon dioxide, and 35% of methane are direct results of animal agriculture. So, even those standing against environmental concerns have started shifting to vegan diets. Animal farming can cause a good amount of global warming effects. Not only this, it also requires extra land, water, and agricultural produce to run animal farming. 

Health Reasons

Vegan diets are rich in various nutrients needed by your body. Plant-based food has no cholesterol, which is a direct benefit for heart health. A vegan diet has also been proven to bring down the blood sugar level and improve kidney health. Excess fats and salt can barely be found in plant foods. Other than these, you can easily find high-protein vegan foods as well. You may also lose excessive weight with vegan foods.

Did you know many popular Indian actors have also adopted veganism for years? Popular names include Alia Bhatt, John Abraham, Sonam Kapoor, and so on. 

Is going Vegan a good Idea? 

People often think about the future scope of veganism and how good a choice it can be. Undoubtedly, there are certain limitations to vegan diets. Plant items like legumes can have anti-nutrients that may cause health problems. Since there is no animal product, it may become hard to manage a 2000-calorie diet. Some people may also experience weakness, low energy, and hormonal disruptions. Vegan diets may also sometimes lack iron and Vitamin B12. 

However, on the other hand, there are popular examples of people following a vegan diet and living a completely normal and healthy life. The best way out is to consult your doctor before making a complete diet change.

In a Nutshell

Becoming or not becoming a vegan is completely a personal choice. A vegan diet at first seems a difficult change. However, those who have turned into vegans have realised that it is not that tough If veganism attracts you, make sure to first consult your doctor and dietician before taking a step. They can advise you better on your diet requirements. People become aware of their health and as of late, tend to follow a healthy lifestyle to keep unwanted medical emergencies at bay. This goes without saying that even a single trip to a hospital in metro cities like Delhi or Mumbai can drain a considerable chunk of your savings. As medical emergency can knock anytime without notice, it is better you have a health insurance plan in place to protect your hard-earned money.

For assistance in medical treatment and consultation expenses, you can definitely rely on Care Health Insurance. Our health insurance plans make sure you do not have to bear the cost of medical expenses. So, if you haven't yet purchased one, now is the right time to do so.

We wish you good health!

>> Also Read: Healthy Diet Tips for Improving Your Heart Health


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