Did you know that a person makes an average of 200 decisions about food... each day?! That's a lot of food for thought. What, when, how much, and why are the main umbrellas of these choices. Within the "what" realm lies a seemingly endless list of dietary approaches you can take to guide your food source choices. As a plant-based company, we're focused on the different diet choices as they involve animal products.
So, we're here to shed some light on the different dietary approaches that you can take when it comes to the consumption (and use of) animal products. We understand these decisions are individualistic and may be based on health, ethics, or simply taste preference. All that we care about is that everyone is eating as it serves their well-being and enjoyment.
The vegan diet is the strictest of the approaches, in terms of the items which are restricted. Vegans eliminate all animal products, by-products, as well as animal-derived products. This includes stocks, sauces, or fats derived from animals - anything that was produced from an animal source.
Veganism stretches beyond dietary choices. Those who follow a strict vegan lifestyle also avoid the use of any product that directly or indirectly involved the use of animals, such as wool, leather, cosmetic products that were tested on animals, or products derived from animal fats like candles.
Vegetarians stick to a plant-based diet, avoiding the consumption of all animal products such as meat, fish, and poultry. Some vegetarians may also avoid consuming animal by-products produced for food, and they may also avoid using lifestyle goods that come from animal sources like leather.
When it comes to vegetarianism, there are a few subtypes to be aware of. These distinguish the inclusion of dairy and eggs, to their own degree. The subtypes include:
- Lacto-ovo vegetarians will consume eggs and dairy products.
- Lacto-vegetarians will consume dairy products, but do not eat eggs.
- Ovo-vegetarians will consume eggs, but do not eat other dairy products.
A pescatarian diet focuses on a vegetarian diet, but also incorporates fish and other seafood options such as shrimp, crabs, lobster, and mussels. Due to the inclusion of seafood and fish, this diet cannot be considered vegetarian.
A main benefit of this dietary approach is the boost in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in higher levels in seafood. This type of fat is a necessary component for overall health and well-being
This dietary approach might be a new term to you. As the name suggests, this is a more flexible approach where the individual eats mostly vegetarian, but occasionally eats meat, seafood, or poultry, and other animal-derived products. A plant-based diet is mostly encouraged with a moderate integration of animal products.
It is also flexible in the sense that the frequency or amount of animal products consumed can fluctuate day to day - there isn't a standardized approach to this lifestyle.
As you can see, going meatless comes in various degrees. The food industry has definitely recognized the appeal of these diets and has responded accordingly - meat-free substitutes are increasingly easier to find on the shelves of stores and at restaurants. We expect this has helped more people in corporate meatless meals into their lifestyle.
No matter what your dietary approach or belief is, we're happy to have you visiting our site! Our products are great for anyone and everyone - from the strict vegan to the flexitarian - and we welcome everyone to eat together.
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