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Research suggests that vegans really are more judgmental than vegetarians

Vegans derived a greater sense of identity from their diet than vegetarians, felt more strongly aligned with other vegans.

ANNALIESE GRIFFIN: ‘A recent Gallup poll found that about 8% of Americans identified as either vegetarian (no meat) or vegan (no animal products including dairy, eggs, sometimes honey, and even avocados)… A 2018 study that the journal Food Quality and Preference will publish in March 2019 found that despite similar dietary choices, vegetarians and vegans have very different views about their own diets and those of others. Vegans, it turns out, really are judging you for that side of bacon.

The study, titled “A comparison of dietarian identity profiles between vegetarians and vegans,” surveyed 167 self-identified vegetarians and vegans… While vegetarians and vegans self-reported similar levels of dietary strictness — how likely they were to stray from their chosen diet — the two groups differed significantly in other areas. Vegans derived a greater sense of identity from their diet than vegetarians, felt more strongly aligned with other vegans, and both felt more judged by others for their dietary choices and had lower regard for omnivores than vegetarians did’. SOURCE…

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