Hey Foxy People!
I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday. My post today will not be focused on a recipe, but it will pose as more of an educational post.
Every day I am asked about Vegetarianism and what it actually means. Sometimes it is confused with Veganism or Pescatarianism. Today, I wanted to explain the differences between each of them and show how the diets vary.
I have the breakdown and definitions below. A major perk of being in Culinary School is learning about all of these diets in a more in depth manor. Some of these definitions can be found in the book, “On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals” the 5th Edition by Sarah R. Labensky, Alan M. Hause, and Priscilla A Martel. Others may be from my general knowledge.
As always, please feel free to comment below. Let me know if these breakdowns were helpful.
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Vegetarian: a plant based diet which excludes the consumption of meat. There are three major levels of vegetarianism.
- Ovo-vegetarian– a vegetarian who eats eggs but not dairy products.
- Ovo-lacto vegetarian or lacto-ovo-vegetarian: a person who eats plants products as well as dairy products and eggs (although some may not eat cheeses made with animal-based enzymes such as rennet, or eggs produced by factory farms.) This is the diet that I follow 🙂
- Lacto-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats dairy products but not eggs.
Vegan: a person who eats no meat, fish or poultry or any products derived from animals such as milk, cheese, eggs, honey or gelatin; also referred to as a “strict” or “pure vegetarian.”
Pescatarian: a person who follows a fish or seafood based diet. They typically stray away from meat and poultry.
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