Customers often inquire about the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan diet. Although both vegetarians and vegans don’t consume meat, there is a difference.
What is a vegetarian diet
Individuals following a strict vegetarian diet don’t eat meat, fish, or poultry.
What is a vegan diet
In addition to following a strict vegetarian diet, vegans do not use or consume other animal products and by-products including, eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
Shopping tips for vegans
Here’s a quick reference guide if you’re shopping for a friend who is vegan, or you’re new to the vegan diet.
- Look for products that are labelled “Certified Vegan.”
- Check the labels of all packaged products that you use in cooking, such as bouillon powder, stock cubes, sauces and spreads, as they may contain animal products.
- Ingredients to look out for include whey, casein and lactose, which are all derived from milk.
- Remember most breads and pastries contain butter and some contain milk.
- In desserts and puddings replace gelatine with agar or vege-gel, as they’re both derived from seaweed.
- Use silken or soft tofu as an alternative to dairy in desserts, and be sure to use fortified dairy alternatives for the added vitamins.
- Always read packaging carefully when shopping. If concerned, it’s always best to follow up with the manufacturer directly by visiting their company website, or locating the phone number and/or address from the packaging.
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