The food we eat is extremely important – so important that it can cause diseases or give protection against them, it can kill you or provide a long and healthy life. Eat nothing but meat and you will die – and fairly quickly. Eat a variety of plant foods – fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds – and you’ll blossom.
Vegetarians don’t eat anything that comes from a dead animal:
- meat (eg beef, pork, bacon and lamb)
- poultry (eg chicken, turkey, ducks, geese and quail)
- fish (also shrimps, prawns, oysters, mussels, scampi, crab and lobster
- slaughterhouse by-products (eg gelatine, animal rennet, lard and other animal fats)
Vegans don’t eat anything that comes from an animal, alive or dead – so they avoid milk and other dairy products, eggs and honey as well as the above. They also don't use animal products in clothes (wool, fur, leather) or cosmetics.