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Are Mussels Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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If you’re new to the world of veganism and have previously enjoyed the realms of seafood then this might be a pressing question for you. Keep reading to discover if mussels have a place in your new plant-based diet.


This is the popular name for a few families of bivalve molluscs that live in salt and fresh water. They live inside an oval-shaped shell and play a big part in many cuisines around the world. 

a pan of mussels

Are mussels vegan? 

The short of it is no, mussels aren’t vegan. As mussels are an animal, eating them isn’t in line with a plant-based diet.

Why might some vegetarians and vegans eat mussels?

There’s a very small amount of research that proves that mussels aren’t sentient beings. There is some scientific suggestion that they respond to threats in ways that are more similar to plants than other animals. 

But the bottom line seems to be that even if they don’t feel pain, they’re still living creatures and eating them isn’t in line with a vegan diet.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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