Vegan Vs. Vegetarian: Differences and Health Benefits

  • Vegetarians only avoid meat, while vegans avoid all animal products, including dairy and eggs.
  • Both vegan and vegetarian diets can be healthy, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits.
  • Vegans may be more susceptible to nutritional deficiencies of iron, vitamin D, calcium, and protein.
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The difference between going vegan versus vegetarian primarily centers on the role of animals in food production. 

“While both diets focus on eating more plant-based foods, vegetarians are allowed to include eggs, honey, and dairy. Vegans omit all animal foods or animal-sourced products, including meats,

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