the Vegitan Diet
July 29, 2002
A new word "vegitan"
is defined as follows:
Do we need another
word in the vegetarian universe?
We think we
do, because there are people who eat what they call a "vegan
diet" but who don't necessarily embrace a vegan philosophy.
The definition of veganism goes far beyond food; for example see
Vegan Living: A Path to Compassion and FAQ's
from the Vegan Society.
Here is the
history of this new word, "vegitan": we saw a need for
the word because of the constant debates on our discussion boards
about what a vegetarian is and what a vegan is, and there are quite
a few who are neither, but who simply eat a plant-based diet.
is not a noun. You wouldn't say, "I am a vegitan" anymore
than you would say, "I am a macrobiotic" or "I am
a McDougall." You would say, "I eat a macrobiotic diet"
or "I eat a McDougall-style diet," or "I eat a vegitan
A vegan diet
is always a vegitan diet, but a vegitan diet may not always be vegan,
because a vegitan diet may or may not include honey.
The key is that
the word "vegitan" in and of itself connotes no political,
ideological or philosophical ideals. It's simply a word that describes
People who eat
a vegitan diet may personally believe that it is healthier, that
it is better for the environment, that it is more compassionate,
and/or that it is tastier. But these concepts are not in any way
implied in the definition of the word itself. Vegitan simply refers
to what you eat, and does not signify any "whys" which
may motivate someone to eat that way.