Vegans and Vegetarians: The lesser known difference

In a country where cow is worshiped as goddess of Hindus, people don’t know that saving one animal and killing others doesn’t make them nationalists or radical Hindus. In India everything is labeled as ‘veg’ and ‘non-veg’ in green and red square dots on the items available in market and all the restaurant market themselves as ‘vegetarian’, ’non-vegetarian’ or ‘pure vegetarians’.

Major differences between Vegans and Vegetarians

But Indians hardly know the fact that when they say they are vegetarian, most of them are actually lacto- vegetarian. And by lacto-vegetarian, I mean that they exempt meat, eggs or chicken but consume the dairy products mainly butter, milk, ghee as key ingredients in all their cuisines, in both urban and rural areas. Unlike Vegans, who excludes the use of any animal products to produce food, clothing, or anything else used in daily life, which means exempting silk sarees, leather shoes or belts, and even sometimes doing a gigantic task of finding alternate to sugars (as they can also be refined using charred animal bones), toothpaste (bone powder), shaving creams and other basic utilities. Donald Watson says “if you eat vegan, you are vegan”.Why go Vegan?

Some people easily switch from eating meat to vegan right away, while others grapple with their new commitment, or choose to go vegetarian first and then slowly omit eggs and dairy. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. However you do it, do it for the animals and do it for your health.

Although India is a land of ‘vegetarians’ delight’, and can have an early copyright of adopting vegetarianism still veganism has a long journey to establish itself and make India also a country where veganism can sustain. In foreign countries, this phenomenon is very well popular and adopted by many with markets flourished with vegan-products that completely exempts animal usage in its production. In India also there are platforms for veganism but still there is a long way to go to fully commercialize itself.

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