Are You Veggan? No, That Isn’t a Typo.

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 16, 2016 · 0 comments

No, that isn’t a typo. Veggans are those who follow a vegan diet, free of all animal products, but they have decided to eat eggs. The trend seems to have started in England but has jumped across the pond with more vegans becoming veggan. Some add eggs because they simply like them, others are looking for an excellent source of protein that is adaptable to many dishes.
In the past veggans would have been considered ovo-vegetarians, those who eat a plant-based diet plus eggs. There are many flexible approaches to vegetarian eating. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians include both dairy and eggs. Pesco-vegetarians eat fish. And, a pro-vegetarian diet which has a higher proportion of plant foods and lower amount of animal foods is advocated in many public health messages to reduce chronic disease. The American Heart Association’s heart healthy eating plan could easily be defined as a pro-vegetarian diet.
Regardless of which eating plan you select know that a pro-vegetarian diet effectively lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke.
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