A thorough investigation of the differences between vegans, vegetarians and macrobiotics

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Recently, "Vegan, Vegetarian, Macrobiotic" has become a common topic on social media, TV, and magazines.

When you think of vegans and vegetarians, you probably think of a vegetable-based diet that doesn't eat meat.


So what are the differences between them, why is veganism attracting attention, and what kind of people are adopting macrobiotics?

This time, I would like to take a look at the three differences between vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotics and their eating habits as knowledge that will be useful in the future.

First, let's take a look at the table below! !

What is vegetarian?

Vegetarian is a general term for "vegetarians"

Vegetarianism sounds familiar, but did you know that there are actually many types of vegetarians? Even if you say vegetarian in one bite, it is actually divided into various types,

Generally, it is said to be "a person who does not eat meat or fish, but eats plant foods" .


Vegetarians can also be categorized as follows:

Lacto-ovo Vegetarian A vegetarian who avoids meat and seafood. Eat eggs, dairy products, and honey.
This type is common in Europe and America.

・Lacto-vegetarian
This layer does not eat meat, seafood, or eggs.

・Ovo Vegetarian
It refers to people who do not eat meat, seafood, or dairy products.

First of all, what is vegan? ?

Vegan is translated as "complete vegetarian" .

Avoid animal foods such as meat and fish, and eat mainly plant foods such as vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, potatoes, and beans.

It is characterized by respecting the lives of animals by avoiding animal-derived materials (leather, fur, etc.) not only in eating habits, but also in clothing, furniture, and all clothing, food, and housing. (Also called ethical vegan.)

Macrobiotic? ?

Like veganism, the word macrobiotics has become a popular word recently. Until recently, I didn't know what macrobiotics was or what it was mainly used for, but when I looked it up, Japan was actually involved! ? What a fact! !

Learn more about eco-friendly and healthy macrobiotic diets! !

First of all, when it comes to macrobiotics, there are vegetarian and vegan options.

" There are no stoic restrictions or NG foods."

Macrobiotic is made up of three words:

"Macro = Big" "Bio = Life" "Tick = Art, Science"

Derived from ancient Greek, it means "a way of life that is in line with nature ."

Actually, a meal method that originated in Japan...? ?

Dietary regimen devised by Sagen Ishizuka (1851-1909), who was called a food doctor in the Meiji period.

Yoichi Sakurazawa (1893-1966) was impressed by this, and added the yin and yang elements of the Chinese ``Yi'' to establish ``seishoku,'' a vegetarian diet based on brown rice.

Macrobiotics is a diet that focuses on grains such as brown rice, as well as seasonal vegetables, seaweed, beans, etc., in a well-balanced manner according to the environment. It is characterized by avoiding animal protein and refined ingredients as much as possible, and eating whole seasonally harvested ingredients.

There are 3 important things in macrobiotics! !

1. Shindofuji = Eating locally grown seasonal ingredients

If you eat mainly what you can catch in the land and region, and what you can get naturally in the season, you can adapt to the climate and topography of the place you live and keep up with the seasonal changes.

2. Ichimono whole = Eating one thing whole

Seeds, fruits, leaves, roots, etc. are all in balance, so use up everything and eat it!

3. Negative harmony

In macrobiotics, there is a unique way of dividing ingredients into negative and positive.

・Ingredients in the shade are moist and cool the body

・Ingredients in the sun are low in water content and warm the body.

It is said that it is better not to lean too much toward either yin or yang, so the main ingredients are grains, root vegetables, and legumes.

Every meal method was different, but it was an earth-friendly way to think of nature first.

Did you know the difference between vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotics?

I myself had a lot of things I didn't know when writing this article, so it was an opportunity to learn and incorporate it!

I would be happy if it was an opportunity to think about such things and investigate.

Thank you for reading this time to the end! !

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