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August 2017 Issue

Vegetarian vs. Vegan Diets

EN explores the differences between these diet patterns.

Plant-based diets are growing in popularity, as people look to gain health and environmental benefits. According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, 3.3 percent of the population is vegetarian, and about half of those are vegan. Younger adults (18-34 years) have the highest rate of vegetarianism (5.3 percent), suggesting continued growth on the horizon. So, what is the difference between these two eating styles? Though many people have their own personal interpretation and adherence, here are the basics.

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