Vegetarians, Vegans, Pescatarians: What’s the Difference?
Since the early 1900s, American meat consumption per–person has almost doubled. Around 2004, American meat consumption peaked at an average of 220 pounds of animal protein per person, according to the USDA. Though this rate has been falling, Americans still consume almost 202 pounds of meat per person in 2014. Most other countries eat far less than this, including places with some of the highest lifespans in the world.
Whether motivated by the environment, animal welfare, or personal health concerns, vegetarianism has moved into the mainstream alongside our generally sky–rocketing animal consumption. So, asking what exactly constitutes a “vegetarian” would have a seemingly straightforward answer, except that there are now a variety of overlapping terms and definitions.
Simply put, a vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat, poultry, or seafood.
Vegetarian vs. Vegan
Someone who avoids all animal products, and products processed with animal byproducts, which is surprisingly large and varied. Vegans avoid products tested on animals when possible. Vegans also typically avoid purchasing leather, fur, and feather products.
Someone who doesn’t eat meat/byproducts, but does eat milk and eggs. Most American vegetarians are lacto–ovo. People who are concerned about animal welfare will want read more about farm–to–table and organically produced eggs and dairy products.
Pescatarians don’t eat meat or poultry, but do eat fish and seafood.
What’s a Flexitarian?
Someone who greatly cuts down their meat consumption. Some flexitarians, for example, may eat vegan every day until the evening, when they might have a dinner with chicken. Flexitarians are also encouraged to use smaller portions of animal protein when they do have non–vegetarian meals. The goal is to increase the total number of meat–free days to promote health and help the environment.
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