The diet itself is fairly simple to adhere to. Vegetarians don’t eat meat, nor birds (poultry) or fish. Many folk say this means “you don’t eat anything with a face”.
Some vegetarians will exclude other animal products from their diets, but this does not mean that they are “better vegetarians” than other vegetarians, just that they have different ethical standards from the norm.
There is a need, if you embark on a vegetarian diet, to carefully examine what you eat because if you don’t – you may end up eating a diet that is deficient in protein and iron (or other minerals and vitamins).
However, this doesn’t need to be the case and by carefully selecting your foods on a vegetarian diet, you should be able to eat a tasty, healthy diet and rarely, if ever, need to supplement that diet.
There are some minor variations of vegetarianism too:
Flexitarians. They eat mainly as a vegetarian but every now and again they eat meat. This might be once a week or once a month or once a year.
Pollotarians. Nowhere near as vegetable oriented these folks eat chicken, fish, and other seafood but don’t eat meat.
Pescatarians. These folks are happy to eat fish and seafood but no poultry and no meat.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians. They won’t eat fish, meat, and poultry but do eat dairy (cheese, milk, etc.) and eggs.
Ovo-vegetarians. No fish, no milk, no seafood, no poultry, and no meat but they do eat eggs.
However, we did find one study claiming that 10% of people are now vegan (we simply don’t believe this – given that sticking to vegetarianism and veganism becomes progressively more difficult the more you give up from your diet, it seems impossible that there would be twice as many vegans as vegetarians).
Vegans do not eat, wear or use (if they can help it) any products which are made from the flesh of animals, produced by animals or which involve animal labor in their production.
This means they don’t eat meat (beef, pork, chicken, etc.), fish, eggs, dairy, seafood, poultry, honey, etc. and the also won’t buy products made of wool, leather or silk.
They don’t use makeup or other cosmetics tested on animals.
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