Bitesize burgers: Easy vegan burgers with Gaz Oakley

We asked YouTube chef Gaz Oakley, Avant Garde Vegan, to build us a delicious and easy-to-make BBC Bitesize Burger.

This vegan burger is rich in vitamin K and omega 3, perfect for improving brain power when you’re studying - and you can make it at home.

But before you tuck in, do you know your vegans from your vegetarians? Your flexitarians from your pescatarians? Here’s a quick guide to make it all clear.

What’s the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

The main difference is that vegetarians don’t eat meat, but vegans don’t eat any animal products at all.

Vegans avoid any food made from or by animals. This includes dairy, eggs, gelatin (which is made from animal parts) and honey. Veganism is mainly about avoiding harming animals in every area of your life. This can extend to animal products you wear, such as leather, animal skins or fur, fabrics made from animal byproducts and cosmetics that use animal testing.

There are many types of vegetarian:

Lacto-ovo vegetarians (the Latin words for ‘milk’ and ‘eggs’) eat dairy and eggs but don’t eat meat, poultry or seafood.

Lacto vegetarians eat dairy products but not eggs, meat, fish or poultry.

Ovo vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy, meat, fish or poultry.

Flexitarians are vegetarian most of the time but might eat meat on occasion.

Pesco vegetarians (or pescatarians) eat fish and seafood but no other kind of meat.

Why do people go vegetarian or vegan?

There are many reasons why people choose a plant-based diet:

Animal welfare – they want to avoid causing any harm to animals.

Environmental – animal farming creates more carbon emissions than plant-based farming.

Health – Meat is high in protein but can also be high in fat (some meats higher than others). Some people feel that reducing meat can contribute to a healthy diet. The Department of Health recommends people eat no more than 70 grams of meat a day.

Religious – vegetarianism is linked to some religions.

Economic – meat is generally more expensive than vegetables, beans, pulses and dairy.

Gaz Oakley’s BBC Bitesize Burgers are vegan so they contain no animal products.

You can learn more about plant-based diet and nutrition here with Bitesize.

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