Vegetarian vs. Vegan: What's the Difference?

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: What on Earth is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?!

Basically, vegetarians don’t eat the body parts of any animals, aka “meat.” This includes pigs, chickens, cows, sea animals, and every other animal. Going vegetarian reduces the amount of animal suffering in your diet, but vegetarians may still eat eggs and dairy foodswhich come from

Like vegetarians, vegans don’t eat any animal flesh. But they also leave dairy foods, eggs, and any other animal-derived items off their plates and out of their lives. If you don’t want a single animal to die and end up in your stomach (or your toilet)—or in your closet or makeup bag—vegan is the way to go. Get this: You can save more than 100 animals every single year just by going vegan (which, by the way, is easier and more delicious than ever).

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Vegans also shop cruelty-free, meaning that they don’t support companies that experiment on animals, exploit animals for entertainment, or kill animals to use their skins for clothes. Let’s be real: Going vegan isn’t just a better option—it’s the only option if you care about animals. Learn more about the benefits of eating vegan vs. vegetarian.

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