The defining line is pretty clear, yet often confused by companies selling food products, foodies and chefs. Like vegans, vegetarians do not eat any animal flesh; no chicken, pig, cow, sea animals, nada.
In addition to not consuming any animal meat, a vegan doesn’t eat eggs, dairy products or any other product derived from an animal. Vegetarians, on the other hand, tend to eat eggs and dairy products like milk and butter.
Vegans also avoid using products that have been tested on animals, like make-up and skin creams, or products made from animal skins such as leather belts and shoes. But vegetarians tend to be a bit more lenient when it comes to using products derived from animals.
When it comes to being a vegetarian, the definition isn’t always clear cut. You might meet a vegetarian who doesn’t eat dairy but eats eggs, or a vegetarian who doesn’t eat eggs or dairy but still wears a leather belt.
Veganism, however, is clearly defined: no eating animal flesh, no using products tested on animals or wearing products derived from animals. Us vegans just leave animals alone and let them live their lives, period.
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Michelle Ambrose aka Ms. Diva Michelle is a community oriented, event planner, project manager, basketball coach and single mother, with an urge to express her zest for food, travel, mingling and making connections. Given all she's learned in the event planning industry about hospitality and quality dining and by staying in the loop on upcoming events, Ambrose has created this online spot for what's hot and what's not.