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Some facts about vegetarianism, its types, advantages and disadvantages of vegetarian diet.

Vegetarianism facts include the types of vegetarianism and vegetarianism pros and cons in regards to its health benefits.

TYPES OF VEGETARIANS

– Vegans only eat food that comes from a plant.
– Lacto Vegetarians do not eat meat or eggs but they do eat dairy products.
– Ovo Vegetarians do not eat meat or dairy products but they do eat eggs.
– Lacto-ovo Vegetarians do not eat meat but they do eat eggs and dairy products.
– Pesco Vegetarians eat fish, eggs, and dairy products. They do not eat red or poultry.
– Fruitarians eat only fruits, nuts and seeds. They do not eat meat, eggs, dairy products, or the roots of any plants such as carrots.
– Pollo-Vegetarians eat poultry, such as chicken, turkey, and duck.

ADVANTAGES OF A VEGETARIAN DIET

– Vegetarian diets are low in calories. Not all vegetarian diets are low in calories.
– Vegetarian diets are high in fiber.
– Research has shown that a low-fat vegetarian diet helps to stop progression of coronary artery disease or prevent it altogether.
– Health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, gallstones, kidney stones are much less common in vegetarians.
– A vegetarian diet relies on beans and lentils for its source of proteins.
– Soy products, such as tofu and tempeh, are used to provide isoflavins, such as genistein and daidzein, which help to diminish bone loss, inhibit tumor growth and lower cholesterol.
– Vegetarians develop strong immunity in them.
– Green leafy vegetables have ample supply of calcium.

ADVANTAGES OF NON-VEGETARIAN DIET WHICH IS NOT FOUND IN VEGETARIAN DIET

– Vegetarians face inadequate intake of proteins and B12.
– B12 on the other hand cannot be sourced from plants, only from animals, hence a vegetarian needs to eat foods that have been fortified with B12 vitamins, this is especially recommended for vegetarian children.
– The essential amino acids that the body requires are contained in a diet rich with red meat.
– Red meat contains very high quantities of iron as compared to vegetarian diet.
– The phosphorus content of meat is much more easily absorbed than the phosphorus in cereals and legumes.
– Vitamin D is not found in a plant based diet.

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