Types of Vegetarians
Vegetarians are not one homogeneous group that just doesn’t eat meat. There are different categories of vegetarians as diverse as the reasons for going vegetarian in the first place.
A Vegetarian is generally defined as someone who doesn’t eat meat. But someone who is vegetarian could conceivably eat dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese.
- Lacto-ovo vegetarians doesn’t eat meat, fish or poultry, but does consume eggs, milk or cheese.
- Lacto vegetarians consumes milk and cheese products, but doesn’t consume eggs.
- Vegans are people who don’t consume any animal or animal by-products, including dairy food. They eat only vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes. They also don’t use animal products, such as leather. Vegans don’t use white sugar because it’s often processed with a substance derived from animal bones that whitens the sugar.
- Fruitarian vegetarians, eat only fruit. Their rationale is that fruits, including fruits such as tomatoes, are self-perpetuating and don’t need to be planted to create the food source. They consider it a way of eating that’s most in balance and harmony with the earth, the most natural.
- Raw vegetarian (or living food) diet is based on the assumption that cooking food takes most of the nutrients out of it, and to get all of the nutritional value, vitamins and amino acids from food, its best consumed raw, or juiced. If cooked at all, it should only be cooked to slightly over 100 degrees, so the nutrients are still retained.
- Sproutarian vegetarians eat only sprouts. Sprouts are very nutritious because they contain all the elements a plant needs for life and growth. The endosperm of seed is the storehouse of carbohydrates, protein and oil.
Then there are the vegetarians that I can’t get a grasp on – lets see if it makes sense to you:
- Pesce-vegetarians include fish in their diet
- Pollo-vegetarians eat fowl, such as chicken and turkey, but avoid red meat and pork
- Flexitarians mainly eat vegetarian food, but will occasionally make exceptions
The more restrictive you become with your diet, however, the more educated you need to become to be sure you’re getting all the necessary proteins and vitamins that you need to support good health, especially muscle and heart health.
Posted on 13 February 2012, in Diets and tagged Flexitarian, Fruitarianism, Lacto vegetarianism, Lacto-ovo vegetarian, Ovo-lacto vegetarianism, Pesce-vegetarians, Pollo-vegetarians, Raw vegetarian, Semi-vegetarianism, Vegetarianism. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.