Did you know about these differences ?
A vegetarian diet focuses on plants for food. These include fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, seeds and nuts. There is no single type of vegetarian diet. Instead, vegetarian eating patterns usually fall into the following groups:
The vegan diet, which excludes all meat and animal products
The lacto vegetarian diet, which includes plant foods plus dairy products
The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, which includes both dairy products and eggs
People who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they need. However, they must be careful to eat a wide variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs. Nutrients vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12.
The vegan side !
One great thing about vegan food is that it can encompass practically any type of dish, style of cooking or regional cuisine.
Vegan food can be gourmet, quick and easy, healthy, indulgent, hearty or light, whatever takes your fancy. Many countries around the world have plant-based recipes amongst their traditional dishes. There are vegan equivalents of most non-vegan dishes that you could think of, including all those cakes and desserts!The only thing that defines vegan cooking and baking is that it uses entirely plant-based ingredients and does not involve the use of anything taken from animals.
The good news is: if you enjoy cooking or baking, trying out some the many thousands of vegan recipes out there is a great opportunity to explore new dishes, flavours and techniques and create some thoroughly tasty food. Many people who are new to vegan cooking find that, far from it being ‘restrictive’ like they might have expected, they discover a whole world of new dishes and ingredients they had never tried before!
The other good news is: vegan cooking can also be simple and inexpensive, so if you don’t have much time to cook or you’re on a tight budget there are many recipes to suit you too.
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