The “Veggie” trend is a mindset that gathers vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians within the same community that promotes an ethical approach by sharing personal experiences!
A vegetarian is a person who does not eat any food derived from animals. There is a wide variation of types of vegetarian diets. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism is the most common type. A lacto-ovo vegetarian does not eat meat, fish or shellfish but eats both dairy products and eggs. Lacto vegetarianism allows to eat dairy products but no eggs (very common in India), whereas ovo vegetarianism allows to eat eggs but no dairy products. Vegetarians substitute animal protein with plant protein that they find in cereals and pulses, using recipes that are meat-free but that are just as tasty and balanced.
A vegan is a person who seeks to exclude, as far as possible, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, honey), clothing (wool, leather …) or any other purpose (animal tested cosmetics).
Flexitarians are people who are aware of the impact of meat overconsumption on health and on the environment, and who have chosen to reduce their consumption of animal protein without eliminating it from their diets. Flexitarians don’t eat meat as often, try to avoid using unnecessary animal by-products, and prefer plant-based proteins when it is possible.
The flexitarian diet is chosen by people who affirm their willingness to make efforts when it comes to eating animal products. An increasing number of people is joining this community.