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What is Veganism?

Vegetarianism is the fastest growing dietary form in the Western world today, and within it veganism is also steadily growing in popularity.

It is estimated that there are over 15 million vegetarians in the United States, and over 9 million in the United Kingdom. In the United States in particular veganism is rapidly growing in popularity as the health benefits of the vegan diet are becoming clearer. In Australia, over one quarter of teenage girls are vegetarian.

Vegans are individuals who refrains from eating all animal products. This means that vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry, dairy or eggs. Most vegans (particularly those who chose veganism for ethical reasons) do not wear animal products, including leather, fur, silk and wool.

Vegetarians eat animal by- products but not animal flesh. There are a few types of vegetarians:

Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians eat eggs and dairy products. This is the most commonly found form of vegetarianism in the Western World.

Lacto-Vegetarians are common throughout India in particular. They eat dairy products, but refuse eggs.

Ovo-Vegetarians accept eggs but refuse dairy products. This is a relatively uncommon form of vegetarian.

Other groups include individuals who refuse all red meat but eat poultry and fish/seafood, and those who refuse meat and poultry but eat fish/seafood. Neither group is vegetarian, and vegan and vegetarian societies worldwide consider both dietary forms as subsets of the omnivorous diet.

*Take a look at the who's who of Vegetarians:

Woody Harrelson
Kim Basinger
Ted Danson
Daryl Hannah
Drew Barrymore
Dustin Hoffman
Brooke Shields
Christie Brinkley
Bob Barker
Mary Tyler Moore
Bryan Adams
Elvis Costello
Melissa Etheridge
Bob Dylan
Peter Gabriel
Billy Idol
Indigo Girls
Lenny Kravitz

Louisa May Alcott
William Blake
Clara Barton
Charlotte Bronte
Leonardo Da Vinci
Charles Darwin
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Ralph W Emerson
Henry Ford
Martin Luther
Sir Isaac Newton
George Bernard Shaw
Benjamin Spock MD
Mark Twain
H.G Wells

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