Vegan Or Vegetarian: Which One Is Best For You?

The terms vegan and vegetarian are growing in popularity. Naturally, as interest grows, we tend to idealize the discipline of healthy eating. Take a moment, and we'll do a quick dive into these lifestyles, to determine which may be best for you.

Vegetarianism is a mainstream term describing those who love a meatless menu. Most often, animal products like eggs and honey are part of the vegetarian diet (via Nature's Path). According to Healthline, a meat-free lifestyle reduces the risk of cancer and also heart disease, by naturally lowering blood pressure. Bone and heart health also correlate to vegetarian eating practices.

Veganism is well-known, specifically among younger generations. Plant Proteins Co. writes that in 2018 more than 40% of millennials in the U.S. alone, "identify as vegan". Aside from human health, vegans often take to activism for fair treatment of animals, supporting missions such as PETA. An earmark of the vegan regimen is the removal of all animal meats and products.

Two healthy options, one conclusion

In 2014, Harvard Health Publishing reported that nearly 2.5 million people over age 55 had removed red meat and poultry from their diet. You may wonder if veggie enthusiasts still long for a steak. At the table, legumes, beans and soy-based foods are used as an alternative to animal protein. Vegetarian diets are also generally high in fiber and abundant in fruits, veggies, whole grains, or nuts.

Alternatively, vegans by and large opt for more raw foods. Because of this, veganism is supportive of healthy gut and brain function. Benefits of lower blood sugar and up to "78% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes" are to be expected, according to Healthline.

There are various ways to live healthy with each lifestyle. Both are effective when combined with regular exercise and proper hydration. Given the restrictions, possible nutrient deficiencies may arise with both vegan and vegetarian diets. Most importantly, each way of life focuses on eating for good health.

As health-consciousness expands, we're embracing the freedom to live authentically. With research and exploration, surely you will find or create a lifestyle you will love, organically.