What is a Vegan Diet?
Most people basically define vegan diet as habitual eating of plant based food and restricts intake of any animal related products. Although this general idea is indeed true, there’s more to veganism that people need to understand, a more in depth knowledge that are worthy to be known by both vegans and non vegans.
Just like any other information, the idea of veganism or the act of complying to such kind of diet has underlying factors, reasons that are worth discovering so as not to falsely use the term interchangeably with other related concepts and to correct wrong perceptions about the subject.
Veganism and Vegans
On a broader perspective, veganism is a choice of way of living that rejects the entire idea of animal cruelty and exploitation not just in terms of food preparation and diet, but as well as with any other purposes or other non food related industry.
With such underlying reason, people who choose to live in that set-up do not only exclude animal products for consumption but also rejects foods that are basically processed using animals. They do not patronize products that resort to animal exploitation such as products derived from furs and skins.
Vegan, which is a term with more defined meaning, refers to an individual who complies with the strict intake of purely plant based products only or it also refers to the actual diet per se.
Different Types of Vegan Diet
Vegans have almost limited access to food sources, how come there are still different types of it? Despite of limited food choices, there are still different varieties of this diet.
Whole Food Vegan Diet. This vegan diet is based on wide selection of whole plant based foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds.
Raw Food Vegan Diet. Similar to whole food vegan diet, the only difference is, food is either ingested raw or cooked at temp below 48C only.
80/10/10. This diet excludes fat-rich plant based sources such as avocados and nuts and relies on fruits and greens instead.
Starch Solution. Similar to 80/10/10, this diet focuses on starch rich food like corn, rice, and potatoes.
Raw till 4. Similar to 80/10/10 but raw foods are consumed until 4 in the afternoon only. The option to cook afterwards is available.
Types of Vegetarianism
Vegan. Individuals that only consume plant based food sources and exclude red meat, white meat, fish, eggs and dairy.
Lacto Vegetarian. Vegans that do not avoid consumption of dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk.
Ovo Vegetarian. Individuals that consume plant based foods and avoid meats, fish, and dairy products; however, they consume eggs.
Lacto-ovo Vegetarian. Vegans that avoid meats and fish but consume dairy products and eggs.