A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including dairy, eggs, gelatin, and honey.

The term “vegan” can refer to a person who follows this diet, the diet itself (it’s also called “veganism”), or any food or products that lack animal products [1]. Some vegans extend their eating philosophy to the rest of their life — for instance, by not wearing animal products like leather or silk, and not buying pillows made with feathers. The diet may be chosen for health reasons (vegan diets tend to be low in calories), to protest the inhumane treatment of animals, or for the perceived benefits to the environment or the economy. [2].

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Works Cited

  1. Vegetarian diets: what are the advantages? Leitzmann C. Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Giessen, Giessen, Germany. Forum of Nutrition. 2005;(57):147-56.
  2. Health effects of vegetarian and vegan diets. Key TJ, Appleby PN, Rosell MS, Cancer Research EK Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. The Proceedings of the Nutritional Society. 2006 Feb;65(1):35-41.