Veganism  vs  Vegetarian diet vs  Plant-based diet

Veganism is the complete abstinence from any animal-derived products.

Contained within it is the vegan diet, which steers entirely clear of food obtained from animal sources.

A practising vegan limits their consumption to a plant-only diet, including legumes, pulses, seeds, grains, nuts, vegetable oils, fruits, and vegetables.

They may extend the practice to boycott inedible animal products such as wool, leather, silk, fur, pearls, and beeswax.

Vegans also do not use animal-tested items (like certain brands of detergents, makeup, and tobacco) and some tattoo inks (the dyes in them contain charcoal, which is burnt animal bones).

The distinction between vegan and vegetarian diets is apparent to most: the acceptance of dairy products in the latter.

However, the difference between vegan and plant-based diets may be less familiar.

Plant-based, plant-focused, or plant-forward diets have relatively more flexible restrictions, allowing the occasional helping of dairy or lean (animal) protein.

In addition, their focus is more on the natural state of the food, favouring unprocessed or less processed ingredients.

Instead of dismissing animal products, the plant-based norm is to reduce their frequency and portion size in diets.