About 5% of the U.S. population follow a vegetarian diet, according to a survey by the Gallup Poll. That works out to more than 16 million people.
Being a vegetarian means abstaining from eating animal meat, including:
- Seafood of all types (crabs, eel, lobster, mussels, scallops and shrimp).
The vegan diet, on the other hand, is typically a more restrictive eating regimen. Vegans don’t consume food made with anything that comes from an animal, including honey, milk and eggs.
People choose a vegetarian diet for an array of motivations,