#DietChecks: Vegetarian Diet
#DietChecks: Vegetarian Diet
“Vegetarian and Vegan diets” first thing you ask yourself will be, “am I ready to be a vegan?” a lot of people start off like this checking online for questions and answers on What a vegetarian can and can’t eat?, Will I lose weight if I become a vegetarian?, Are vegetarians healthier? Etcetera!!!
Daily Checks decided to check history and find out how the whole veggy veggy online talk came about.
Vegetarianism (FYI: the grammar doesn’t help but the process works, LOL!) is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter.
Some folks out here dislike Vegetarians for best reasons known to them as Veggies object to eating meat out of respect for sentient life.
Such ethical motivations have been codified under various religious beliefs, as well as animal rights advocacy. Other motivations for vegetarianism are health-related, political, environmental, cultural, aesthetic, economic, or personal preference.
A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including eggs and dairy. Some vegans also avoid other animal products such as beeswax, leather or silk clothing, and goose-fat shoe polish.
Okay! Now we are gonna check out some of the common types of vegetarians:
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians (the most common type) – eats dairy products and eggs
- Lacto-vegetarians – eats dairy products but not eggs
- Ovo-vegetarian – eats eggs but not dairy products
- Fruitarian diet: A diet which predominantly consists of raw fruit.
- Vegan – does not eat any products of animal origin so does not eat any dairy products, eggs or honey
- However right, many think that there is always a bad egg for almost all working diet principles, hmmm!
Semi-vegetarians!!! Semi-vegetarianism is contested by vegetarian groups, such as the Vegetarian Society, which states that vegetarianism excludes all animal flesh.
Diet Checking semi vegetarians, they don’t avoid products that may use animal ingredients not included in their labels or which use animal products in their manufacturing.
For example, sugars that are whitened with bone char, cheeses that use animal rennet (enzymes from animal stomach lining), gelatin (derived from the collagen inside animals’ skin, bones, and connective tissue), some cane sugar (but not beet sugar) and beverages (such as apple juice and alcohol) clarified with gelatin or crushed shellfish and sturgeon, while other vegetarians are unaware of, or do not mind, such ingredients.
Some individuals sometimes label themselves “vegetarian” while practicing a semi-vegetarian diet, which is kinda freaking sad sometimes tho!! for very strong vegetarian enthusiasts.
Semi-vegetarian diets include:
- Macrobiotic diet consisting mostly of whole grains and beans, but may sometimes include fish.
- Pescetarianism: which includes fish and possibly other forms of seafood.
- Pollo-pescetarianism: which includes poultry and fish, or “white meat” only.
- Pollotarianism: which includes chicken and possibly other poultry.
Here are some #DietChecks answers to common questions about staying healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet, from looking after your bones to healthy eating in pregnancy.
Q: What is a vegetarian?
A: ofcus, we did start with that but on putting it replay, Vegetarians and vegans don’t eat any red meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacean (such as crab or lobster), or animal by-products (such as gelatin).
Vegetarians eat a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables, dairy products and eggs. Vegetarians who also don’t eat eggs, dairy or any other animal products, are called vegans.
Q: What are good sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans?
A: Most vegetarians have enough protein in their diet. Good sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans include:
Pulses and beans
Cereals (wheat, oats and rice)
Soya products (tofu, soya drinks and textured soya protein, such as soya mince)
Nuts and seeds
Lower-fat dairy products (milk, cheese and yoghurt)
A variety of protein from different sources is necessary to get the right mixture of amino acids, which are used to build and repair the body’s cells.
Q: What are the health benefits of a vegetarian diet?
A: A vegetarian diet can be very healthy, but your diet won’t automatically be healthier if you cut out meat. Like everyone, vegetarians need to make sure they; eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates (choose wholegrain where possible), include some dairy or dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks and yoghurts (choose lower-fat and lower-sugar options), eat some beans, pulses, eggs and other proteins
Choose unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat them in small amounts, drink plenty of fluids as government bodies now recommends 6 to 8 cups/glasses a day
If you choose foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar, have them less often and in small amounts.
Albert Einstein said:
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox forgetting that the ox eats grass
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.