I am about to embark on a vegan diet, im 25, been a vegetarian all my life, and some minor health problems prompted me to take the next step and become vegan, I wanted to know if vegans can eating white rice aswell as brown?. . . . . Also all other vegans out there who felt the health benefits of being a vegan? Thank you the minor health problem is autoimmune and questions thyroid problems thyroid health problems, autoimmune disease. . . It all started in January, I have a very weak immune system and I feel rubbish long time before that, I am healthy and active. . . Due to autoimmune I burst in severe hives and swelling of the face, which lasted 3. 5 months, I noticed that it was worse the more unhealthy foods were im going with what my body and instinct told me, and that is to go natural as possible (food wise). Essentially – vegetarian diet is not really different from a vegetarian diet. That is until you start adding "lacto" or "ovo" before the word. If you ate a vegetarian diet – a diet you "vegan".