Veganism, freeganism, paleo … Can you tell modern dietary trends apart?

Stir-fry with turkey and vegetables
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Does your vegan coworker eat cheese? Can you feed your gluten-free friend rice cakes? Test your food trend IQ.

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Roasted lamb with tomato sauce and fresh vegetables
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Question 1 of 9 Score: 0

You're hungry, but you turn down the lambchops your waiter recommends. You're ...

Vegans don't eat things that used to be adorable lambs. Plus, no meat, eggs, butter, fish or milk. Instead, it's tofu, olive oil and almond milk for fat and protein sources. Some of the best cities for vegans include Berlin, Tel Aviv and Vancouver.

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mukimame stir fry
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Question 2 of 9 Score: 0

Your vegetarian friend stir fries up some tofu and veggies, but you turn it down. You're ...

Paleo is based on the diet humans had for hundreds of thousands of years, before they started farming and keeping domestic animals and listening to folk rock. Paleos aren't into processed foods, so no tofu for them!

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Smashburger in Costa Rica.
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Question 3 of 9 Score: 0

You notice an unopened box of cheeseburgers in a McDonald's Dumpster and grab a few. You're ...

Freegans only eat free things to cut down on food waste. Thus, the freegan-Dumpster love story. Best cities to be freegan include New York, Paris and Tel Aviv.

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Apricot ice cream
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Question 4 of 9 Score: 0

It's a hot day, so you buy a scoop of ice cream to cool down. You're ...

As long as you don't sprinkle cookie bits or, say, pounds of white flour in your ice cream, gluten-free folks, who avoid the gluten protein found in wheat, are happy to have a spoonful.

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Roasted garlic artisan bread
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Question 5 of 9 Score: 0

You go to your favorite bakery and buy a loaf of bread. You're ...

Paleos consider bread a new food invention (we only started making it about 10,000 years ago) and bread is basically poison for gluten-free people. Freegans just don't buy things from bakeries. But vegans have no beef with bread products.

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Quick, easy and fresh guacamole is the perfect centerpiece for this veggie spread.
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Question 6 of 9 Score: 0

You're mixing up a big bowl of guacamole. You're ...

From vegans to paleos, just about everybody loves guacamole. What you dip in in your guac is another story: a vegan might use tortilla chips, a gluten-free person might use carrots, and a paleo might sprinkle some bacon on because America.

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Beer bottles
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Question 7 of 9 Score: 0

You go to a bar with friends and grab a beer. You're ...

Beer is too processed for paleos, and most beer contains gluten. Freegans, of course, just wouldn't buy anything at a bar (or anywhere else.) But vegans enjoy a good brew.

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Pecorino cheese.
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Question 8 of 9 Score: 0

You and a friend chow down on a cheese plate left over from your office party. You and she are ...

Freegans are happy to eat leftovers, rather than watch them be thrown out. And there's no gluten in cheese, so all's fine for the gluten-free crowd. Vegans, on the other hand, don't eat animal products, and paleos don't eat dairy.

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cucumber relish
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Question 9 of 9 Score: 0

Imagine you're a paleo, gluten-free vegan. What CAN'T you eat?

Banana smoothies, cherry salsa, guacamole, popcorn cauliflower, cucumber relish, sweet potato soup ... all on the menu. But the indestructible sugar pods called Twinkies are too highly processed, beef-fatty and white flour-filled to get in with the cool dietary trend crowd.

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Stir-fry with turkey and vegetables
Photo: Lesya Dolyuk/Shutterstock
Photo: Lesya Dolyuk/Shutterstock