Today I am demystifying the labels that some people call themselves via a vis their eating habits.
Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, beegan, flexitarian… WHAT is with all these different words? And what’s with the word VEG*N that you may have seen?
Here’s the low-down.
Vegetarian: catch-all phrase for people who don’t eat meat. Some may be lacto-ovo vegetarians, who do consume dairy and eggs.
Vegan: does not consume any animal products, including dairy, eggs, and honey. Some people will use the phrase “plant-based diet” if they are still wearing wool and leather but not eating any animal products.
Pescatarian: does not eat any meat except fish. May or may not consume dairy and eggs.
Beegan: like vegans, except they will consume bee products like honey, bee pollen and royal jelly.
Flexitarian: I personally find this word odd, because it’s really everybody else. Flexitarians are sometimes vegetarian, sometimes vegan, sometimes pescatarian, sometimes beegan. They also eat meat.
Veg*n: you may sometimes see this used to include both vegetarians and vegans. Basically the * is like a “wild card character” in computer language.. So the * could be an “a” if we’re talking “vegan” or it can be a “etaria” if we’re talking “vegetarian”.
I am a vegan but I often tell people I am plant-based because some people react negatively to the word “vegan”. Do you label your eating (and/or lifestyle) habits? Let me know in the comments below!