It sometimes seems like vegans have a whole new language to themselves. From aquafaba to carnism, vegan terminology like this great to have in your vocabulary as a new vegan.
So to help you out, here are 18 words and phrases I think everyone should know before embarking into the vegan world.
A to Z | Your Guide to Vegan Terminology
The liquid from a can of chickpeas. Can be found as an ingredient in some recipes.
Material derived from the body of an animal like fat, flesh, milk, eggs, etc.
A material made out of charred animal bones used to filter white sugar. I talked more about vegan sugar in my post on vegan pantry staples.
The opposite of veganism. A belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals over others.
Daiya (pronounced day-uh)
The original vegan cheese brand.
A person that went vegan for animal welfare.
Industrial facility that raises large numbers of farm animals in unethical conditions.
A person that went vegan for health reasons.
Junk Food Vegan
A vegan that has a diet mainly consisting of processed vegan food.
Nutritional Yeast or Nooch
A cheesy, nutty seasoning that’s high in protein and B vitamins.
A diet that emphasizes whole foods like plants, grains, and nuts, while minimizing meat, dairy, and processed foods.
A vegan that only eats food raw or cooked below 104-117°F.
A plant-based meat replacement made out of wheat gluten.
The idea that one animal species is morally more important than another.
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A plant-based meat replacement made out of soy.
A person who does not eat meat, but consumes animal by-products like dairy, eggs, and honey.
A person who forgoes animal and animal by-products in their food, clothing, and other products due to ethical and moral reasons.
An annual challenge where people go vegan for the entire month of January.
A Final Note
Learning your vegan terminology is a must-have when navigating the vegan world. Were you surprised about any of these? Share your thoughts below!