As we touch upon different lifestyle choices of humans, we often come across veganism and vegetarianism, which are growing in popularity. However, some people may find the differences between these two diets a little confusing, particularly as there are several variations of vegetarianism. On Tuesday, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli said he had never claimed to be vegan. “Always maintained I’m vegetarian”, Kholi tweeted, urging his critics to take a ‘deep breath’. The star batsman faced an online backlash after he mentioned eggs as part of his diet plan on social media.
Veganism is a kind of lifestyle where vegans completely abstain from consuming and wearing all animal products, by-products and methods of exploitation. This mean, no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no gelatin, no carmine, no honey.
Vegans do not wear leather, wool, silk and typically use cruelty free products. Moreover, vegans also do not support businesses or activities that exploit animals like zoos.
A lot of people across European countries have gone vegan for ethical and environmental reasons which tops the health benefits.
Vegetarian is a lot more relaxed and is usually for some, it is used as a stepping stone to become vegan. Vegetarians eat dairy products, eggs and honey and most of the time animal by-products, still wears animal products such as leather wool, suede so as well as eating most of the stuff you would eat normally just exiting out the meat.
Although veganism is a growing trend worldwide, it remains controversial – mainly due to health issues.
Moreover, according to ‘food and living magazine’, 44 celebrities shared they journey of turning into vegan, of which the list includes, Joaquin Pheonix, Billie Eilish, Peter Dinklage, Mayim Bialik and many many more.
Both diets offer similar health benefits and generally encourage people to eat more antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense whole foods. It is tricky to say which diet is more beneficial because both diets have advantages and disadvantages. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, both diets can be healthy, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits that contribute to disease prevention.
Experts say that our bodies require a ‘balance diet’ of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water to stay in good working order. However, choosing a diet that best fits your lifestyle is an individual’s choice. However, many people object to eating meat out of respect for sentient life.
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