Nutrition Philosophy

Culinary Search for Truth


From Vegan to Meat

About taste can not be argued as is well known, but it is usually different with the affiliation to a particular dietary direction. It may be doubtful whether a vegan can lead a harmonious "food community" with a pure meat eater - the differences are simply too great. Many a relationship has broken down as a result.

Below is a brief overview of the various nutritional forms, taking into account the ingredients or composition of the food.


Predominantly Vegetable

Vegan diet means the complete renunciation of all animal products. This applies not only to meat and fish, but also to egg and dairy products. Even honey is on the red list if the rules are strictly followed, since it is a product of bees. This form of diet is usually supported by high ethical moral values such as respect for nature and sustainable living.

In the vegetarian diet, eggs and dairy products are usually allowed, or at least one of the two groups. The basic philosophical attitude is not very different from the vegan way of life, but the implementation is much easier.

Now there is another group of meatless diet. This is the so-called ovo-lacto-pesco-vegetarian diet. This means that in addition to eggs and dairy products, fish is also allowed. Strict vegans may strictly reject this, but this form does have some advantages to offer from a nutritional point of view.

The meat-free diet is not unhealthy. In the purely vegan form, vitamin B12 and vitamin D as well as iron and iodine levels should be checked at regular intervals, but real deficiency symptoms can easily be avoided. In sum, meatless people are healthier than those who eat a lot of meat on a regular basis, but this also seems to be related to an overall healthier lifestyle.


Meat Put to the Test

A flexitarian diet consists of 3 to 5 vegan or vegetarian days per week as well as regular consumption of fish and 1 to a maximum of 2 meat dishes per week, which must also include sausage.

A typical meat-oriented diet may even consist of several servings daily. If sausages are added, this is still likely to be the most common type of diet.


Organic Should be Better?

A vegan diet should always comply with the principles of organic farming. The way of life requires an understanding of the basic products and joy in the preparation. Vegan Meatballs or Mozzarella is actually an affront to this dietary philosophy.

The same applies of course to the vegetarian diet. Eggs from battery cages are to be avoided, as are, for example, industrially produced dairy products and cheese.

At this point, however, we would like to point out that there are also large differences in quality in organic products. Really only unadulterated basic products (e.g. fruit, vegetables, flour, milk, eggs, cheese, etc.) are to be regarded as organic. Organic finished products may be certified accordingly, but they do not correspond to a really high-quality nutritional philosophy!

Now, when the ovo-lacto-pesco-vegetarian diet is joined by fish, the question of organic certification becomes much more complicated. Our tip: build a relationship of trust with your fish store!

All the quality criteria listed for vegan and vegetarian food naturally also apply to the flexitarian diet. In addition, rearing, fattening and slaughtering of the animals should meet the highest requirements and ethical moral standards.

It is precisely these standards that meat-oriented diets often completely lack, especially when it comes to mass production. Animal welfare usually plays a subordinate role. The massive use of antibiotics, hormones, and other drugs in rearing and (turbo) fattening not only harms the animal concerned but also the health of consumers - it is high time to rethink!