If you recently started reading about vegetarian diets, you have probably read all sorts of strange vegetarian terms and categories like "vegan," "ovo-lacto vegetarian," and "semi-vegetarian." You probably wondered what the big deal was. After all, what is so conceptually tough about not eating meat?

And you were right!

The distinctions between these sub-categories of vegetarian are actually small, but each is very important to members who belong to the groups. For them, these distinctions aren't arbitrary lines; they are important dietary or ethical decisions.

Let's take a look at some of these groups:


Vegetarian is a blanket term used to describe a person who does not consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. This grouping includes vegans and the various sub- categories of vegetarian; however, it generally implies someone who has less dietary restrictions than a vegan.


The term semi-vegetarian is usually used to describe someone who is a vegetarian who consumes dairy products, eggs, chicken, and fish, but does not consume other animal flesh.


Ovo-lacto vegetarians are vegetarians who do not consume meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but do consume eggs and milk. This is the largest group of vegetarians.


Ovo-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume eggs.


Lacto-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume milk.


Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or by-products. Some go as far as not even consuming honey and yeast. Others do not wear any clothing made from animal products.

Important:Take some time to figure out for yourself, what group you will belong to when you become a vegetarian. You will want to consider both dietary and ethical reasons for choosing this lifestyle.


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^^^^this definition of being vegan is pretty accurate, although I would say that most vegans don't take honey at all and yeast I don't know about.

The part about "Others do not wear any clothing made from animal products," is pretty spot on.  Vegans today have to start realizing that they are participating in a diet which does not in it of itself designate animal rights or protest of using animal products for clothing.  Protest of any sort moves into "vegan activism" or activism in general for that matter where not all activists are even vegetarian, but they still do their part.

I am just adding this comment since it comes up a lot that vegans want to say that a vegan or a vegetarian that might still wear a pair of leather work boots are not actually who they say they are and "should not be promoting animal rights, etc."  Wearing a pair of leather boots does not constitute killing a deer or whatever animal leather comes from these days if you buy them second hand or for instance if you bought them before becoming a vegetarian and you still use them because they are useful.  Plenty of people veggie or not want to be resourceful and don't have the privilege or income to change their wardrobe once their diet changes.

Aside from this, some people work for companies that have a dress code which includes leather such as various military forces.  Are they included in the spread of vegetarianism in the world?  I think they are.  But they often wear leather boots because they have to and without them anyway, I don't they would be able to do their job on various levels.  Not that I agree with military activity, but anyhow, it is what we have in the world at the moment.

Thanks for sharing Xiao :) Though I don't know any vegetarians, real vegetarians, who wear leather. The thought of wearing a tortured, mutilated animal around you for fashion goes against loving animals in every way. The same way you cannot love animals if you eat their meat because you find it practical, you cannot love animals while wearing the product of their torture. Glad so many joined my group about the evils of leather, including its destruction to the environment and personal health, most are vegetarians. Gives me hope :)!

There are plenty of vegetarians that wear leather.  

No one who loves animals wears leather :) In fact I've only met one vegetarian in all my life who does, you probably know him very well.

Plenty of people that love animals wear leather, and there are plenty of leather wearing vegetarians. Many people do not instantaneously quit eating meat and using animal by-products but change over a lengthy period of time. Buying a pair of men's vegan, waterproof hiking boots is a pain the ass!

Right. Hi I eat meat, and I love animals. There are plenty of meat-eating animal lovers. I love animals so much I wear them on me, and I pretend I are an animal! Rawr!

It isn't your right to take their love of animals away because you don't like they treat them. It is true that we could be more humane, but it doesn't mean we have to lie to do it.

I can't take away what doesn't exist. Oh, more humane slaughter? Tell me more about this. *Grabs popcorn*

You simply don't care about the truth like many people that idealize their causes. It is a big mistake on your part to do so, in my opinion. I care very deeply for animals, but I am not going to lie about humans in the defense of animals.

Ugh, where are all the frustrated rapists complaining that they love women? It's about time they had their piece. Poor guys.

Hi i am vegetarian for 3 years but i like more vegan diet but i eating fish them what category am i ?????


You're a vegetarian but more like vegan but you eat fish? Uh huh. So you're a meat-eater.


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