Feature Article: What is a Vegetarian Diet and is it Healthy?

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By Sheila Buck

It is well known that Vegetarians do not eat meat. However, many individuals do not realize that there are different kinds of vegetarian diets. People who follow the different diets also eat different things. According to Mayo Clinic Staff, a well-planned vegetarian diet is a healthy way to meet you nutritional needs. If you are thinking about starting a vegetarian diet or just want to know more, the following information will be helpful as well.

There are four types of vegetarian diets. They are Vegan, Lacto-vegetarian, Lacto-ovo vegetarian and Flexitarian. Each of these vegetarian groups chooses to eat or not to eat certain foods.

Vegan Vegetarians:

  • Do not eat meat.
  • Do not eat poultry, fish, eggs, dairy or honey.
  • Do not eat anything that contains meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey.
  • Do not use fur, silk, soap or anything that is derived from the above mentioned foods.
  • Only eat plant-based foods, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dried beans.

Lacto-Vegetarians:

  • Do not eat meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Do not eat anything that contains meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Eat dairy products, plant-based foods, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dried beans.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians:

  • Do not eat meat, fish or poultry.
  • Do not eat anything that contains meat, fish or poultry.
  • Eat dairy products, eggs, plant-based foods, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dried beans.

Flexitarian Vegetarians:

  • Eat everything, but only consume meat, fish and poultry occasionally and in small amounts.

The vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice when it is done in a manner where you can get all the nutrients that are needed. If you plan to try one of the four vegetarian diets, talk with your doctor first. Your physician can give you tips about how to get the nutrients you will be missing by not eating meat.

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short 4288_1008028096866_1709873199_9523_631518_nstories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

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3 Comments on “Feature Article: What is a Vegetarian Diet and is it Healthy?”

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    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

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