By JOE KIRK-ANDERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS The term “vegan” is a loaded term.
A plant-based diet that includes a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and plenty of seafood.
But what about “vegetarian”?
A vegetarian diet?
Veganism has been around for more than 200 years.
In fact, vegetarians are the fastest-growing segment of the population.
And while some vegetarians eat mostly meat, a growing number are vegans.
According to a study released last month by the University of Minnesota, more than 60 percent of Americans have at least one dietary restriction, which includes restrictions on grains, animal products, and trans fats.
Vegans are just getting started.
But they are already making big inroads.
The trend of veganism in the United States began in the late 1980s.
At the same time, vegetarianism was gaining popularity.
And, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of vegans are not vegetarians.
In 1990, the USDA published guidelines for vegans to include grains, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, and vegetables.
Now, the guidelines are updated annually.
Vegetarianism is on the rise.
And it’s not just in the U.S. As the population ages, so too does the demand for meat-free alternatives.
According of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, about one-third of Americans now eat meat.
The number of vegans is also on the increase.
But the trend is spreading globally.
As a result, vegans and vegetarians will likely meet each other at a dinner party someday.
“This is the time when people are coming out of the closet,” said Krista Burchill, a vegan educator and a founder of Vegemise.org, a website dedicated to educating the public on veganism.
Burchilla says that when she started Vegemize in 2007, there were only a few dozen people who identified as vegans or vegetarians in the group.
“It was a really small group of people.
Now we’re starting to have conversations with larger groups of people,” she said.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap.”
Burchills hopes to reach as many people as possible, because they’re often overlooked by society.
“The stereotype of veggie is one that’s quite different from that of meat,” she explained.
“People are always told that you’re a meat eater and not a vegetarian.”
Vegemizer is still a small, local group, but it’s now a much larger network, with many members traveling to different countries and participating in events and seminars across the U