The difference between vegan and vegetarian. What is the background to becoming vegan or vegetarian?

I run a shiitake soup stock shop called Shiitake Festival. This time I would like to summarize the differences between vegans and vegetarians.

Until a few years ago, I was aware that vegetarians = people who eat a lot of vegetables. Actually, even in Japanese restaurants, what is written as "vegetarian bowl" is often a pork bowl with a lot of vegetables, and I feel that there are many cases where it is understood that vegetarian = a lot of vegetables. I did.

And vegan, which has been on the rise in recent years. Many celebrities practice vegan. As for vegan foods, various foods such as vegan ramen, vegan sweets, and vegan unaju have been born.

So what's the difference between vegetarians and vegans?


Differences between vegetarian and vegan

Vegans are people who don't eat eggs and dairy products, and vegetarians are people who can eat eggs and dairy products. So the difference is in eggs + dairy products.
Against this background, vegetarians are called vegetarians and vegans are called vegans.




Vegetarian classification

There are many vegetarians, so it's actually a wide variety, but I've roughly classified them.

What they have in common isVegetarian = people who do not eat meat Is pointing to.

Among them, those who are OK with eggs are called Obo vegetarians (Obo means egg in Portuguese).
* As an aside, in India, Ovo vegetarians are not included in vegetarians and are called egg tarians, so there are exceptions depending on the country.

On the other hand, eggs are not good, but dairy products are OK for lacto vegetarians.
Ovo-lacto vegetarian who accepts eggs and dairy products. Some people, Pescatrian, don't like meat but accept fish.

On the other handVegan is meat and seafood, eggs and dairy products,People who don't eat honeyRefers to. We're only focusing on food here, but some people (ethical vegans) think that clothing and daily necessities made from animal skins are also NO.

Furthermore, apart from the story of eggs and dairy products, there are also people who do not eat five vegetarians called oriental vegetarians. Five kinds of vegetables with strong odor such as Chinese chive, garlic, green onion, onion, and scallions.
* Although the definition of five 葷 changes depending on the denomination, it is written as five 葷 that is often heard.

Also, although not listed in the table, there are also people called flexitarians who voluntarily control their frequency rather than the type of food. It is a concept that is increasing in Germany and other countries, and refers to people who eat vegan, eat meat and fish, and eat flexibly depending on the day and mood.


Why be vegan or vegetarian

There are various reasons, but it seems that there are many cases below.
1. 1. For health
2. 2. Due to environmental load
3. 3. For religious and ethical reasons

However, Japanese people live normally and suddenly become vegetarian! I don't think there are many people who say that.

However, the Japanese people I met who became vegan are married and live abroad, and their children become vegan due to the influence of their friends, so it is difficult to make only the children's meals separately, so the family I heard that everyone became vegan.

Listening to this story, the story that vegans are increasing all over the worldNot only vegan for personal reasons, but vegan for family and community reasonsI felt that the number of people might be increasing.



What did you think.
I wrote the classification, but there are various reasons why it is practiced even if it is called vegetarian or vegan. Therefore, we would like to support various ways of eating from a flat standpoint that has nothing to do with ideology.

By the way, we have vegan soup stock for shiitake mushroom soup stock and vegetarian soup stock for tomato soup stock.

However, that information is not included in the package.

The reason is that I want people to think that "the product that happened to be delicious was (accidentally) plant-based and vegan-friendly."

We would like to make a delicious soup stock that everyone can enjoy, not just for a specific person, but without any distinction to principles and beliefs.

I am looking forward to continuing our good relationship.