Four Different Types of Vegans
When it comes to ethical eating, you simply can’t get better than veganism. When people think of vegan diets however, they generally think of raw foods and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and of course, plenty of kale! While the aforementioned ingredients are indeed staple parts of many vegan diets, you may be surprised to learn that not all vegans eat the same things.
You see, people follow vegan diets for different reasons, and this is often reflected in the foods and drinks they consume. To help you tell the difference between one vegan and the next, here’s a look at four different types of vegan and what you will likely find them consuming on a daily basis.
Ethical vegans – When people think of a stereotypical vegan, more often than not they are thinking of ethical vegans. Ethical vegans adopt a vegan diet, and often a vegan lifestyle, primarily for ethical reasons. Put simply, they eat and drink the way they do, and live their lives the way they do, for the fair treatment of animals. Ethical vegans do not eat, drink, or use, any foods, beverages, or products that come from animals, contain animal by-products, or have involved the exploitation of animals in any way.
Raw food vegans – Raw food vegans, as the name implies, are vegans that consume only raw foods and beverages. Some of their foods are partially cooked through at low temperatures, or have been dehydrated to have their natural water contents removed. Typically, they will consume raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, natural nut butters, and dehydrated vegetable crisps and flax crackers. They drink mineral water, as well as fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Raw food vegans believe that not only has there been no killing or exploitation involved, but also, they believe that raw foods typically contain more nutrients than cooked foods.
Junk food vegans – This next particular type of vegan is surprising to many people, as generally, when you think of veganism, you think of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and healthy plant-based foods. But believe it or not, there are actually vegans out there that are overweight, and live on a diet primarily consisting of certain types of junk food. Generally, their key motives behind turning vegan are for animal welfare purposes, so as long as food does not come from animals, it is basically fair game (if you will pardon the pun). Typically, they will eat potato chips fried in vegetable oils, vegetarian burgers, vegan mac and cheese, white bread, fries, faux meat products, vegan cheese products, and other similar foods which offer very little in the way of nutrition.
Plant-based vegans – As you have probably guessed from the name, plant-based vegans consume foods that are primarily plant-based. The foods they consume only come from the ground, or can be found growing on trees, though you can argue that trees obviously grow from the ground. Typically, they will eat nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains. Plant-based vegans often follow this way of eating not only for ethical reasons, but also for health reasons too. They avoid processed foods as much as possible, and instead focus on nutrient-dense, natural plant-based foods instead.