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Does 'Meatless' Mean Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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When entering the world of vegan living, or simply switching things up to eat more plants, there can be a lot of terminologies that might not make sense at first. Today we’re answering the question: does meatless means the same as vegan?

What does a meatless diet mean?

To use a term that might be altogether more familiar, a meatless diet might be better described as vegetarian. If you’re someone who doesn’t eat meat as part of any of their meals then you might call your diet ‘meatless’ – vegetarian and, perhaps even, pescatarian diets are good examples of this. 

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So, is meatless the same thing as vegan? 

It’s one of those ‘all vegan diets are meatless, but not all meatless diets are vegan’ conundrums. 

Where someone on a meatless diet might still eat dairy (like milk, cheese and butter), eggs or foods that have been processed during animal derivatives (like gelatin, casein or isinglass) someone following a vegan diet won’t. 

We hope that helps settle the matter! If there are any other terms you’d like us to break down, send them our way via the comments section below.


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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