This is because the term vegetarian actually means consuming no meat, poultry, or fish. Not "I eat turkey only on Thanksgiving," or "I eat fish once in a while." A vegetarian consistently avoids all flesh foods as well as by-products of meat, fish, and poultry (Havala 4). Basic foods in a vegetarian’s diet are cereal grains and bread, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Some vegetarians may use various products made from soybeans, such as tofu, or bean curd, soybean milk, and miso.
Alia Butler article from Livestrong.com believes poor diets deficient in the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need can take a negative toll on your overall health. Starting to eat vegan can easily overturn the consequences of an unhealthy diet. Brown University “defined a vegetarian as a person who does not eat meat, poultry, and fish. Vegetarians eat mainly fruit, vegetables, legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts. Many vegetarians eat eggs and/or dairy products but avoid hidden animal products such as beef and chicken stocks, lard, and gelatin.” The Vegetarian society states that there are four different types of vegetarians; Lacto-ovo-vegeterian which only eats both dairy products and eggs, Lacto-vegetarians who only eats dairy products but not eggs, Ovo-vegetarians who only eats eggs but not dairy products and lastly vegans who do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other animal product.
Vegetarian diets can provide the necessary nutrients; as well, as reduce the likelihood of chronic diseases caused by unhealthful diet; however, if the food intake is not closely monitored it can lead to deficiencies. Then the question becomes, if vegetarian diets are better, then why exactly do we need meat products in our diet? In this research paper, I want explore the pro and cons of vegetarian diet and its implications. The vegetarian society defines a vegetarian as one who consumes predominantly fruits, vegetables, grains and plant products without eating animal products such as meat, fish, poultry (“Vegetarian society”). Although vegetarians are defined as those who do not consume animal products, there are different levels of vegetarianism: semi-vegetarian, pescovegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, lacto vegetarian, ovovegetarian, strict vegetarian, macrobiotic diet, and fruitarian.
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Dairy products produced in cruelty free facilities can also be purchased. To maintain a healthy vegetarian diets, supplements can also be found for iron, calcium, vitamin D and B12, and zinc. By living a healthy, vegetarian lifesty... ... middle of paper ... ...ould go down and therefore companies would be forced to cut back on animal cruelty. By being a vegetarian, it will not only benefit you, but the animals that would be killed on behalf of our taste buds will thank you as well! Slaughterhouses are very unpleasant places.
Dairy products are also a part of the lacto vegetarian lifestyle, the lack of animal eggs in the diet of these vegetarians is made up in the form of egg replaces and even meat alternatives like tofu can be used to simulate some egg dishes. Another path taken by vegetarians is the, pure vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Which includes the abstinence of meat of all kinds, dairy produce, eggs, and all edible animal produce. To some vegans the diet exceeds the boundaries of food and takes on a full-scale animal product boycott. This comes in the abstinence of leather, fur, wool, silk and any other animal p... ... middle of paper ... ...getables such as kale are as good or better then milk as calcium sources.
Lactovegetarians do not eat “meat, poultry, fish,” or “eggs but include dairy products” (“Being”). Lacto-ovovegetarians have a diet that excludes “meat, poultry, and fish but include dairy products and eggs” (“Being”). Many people believe that vegetarianism is uncommon, but according to an article on Vegetarian.ProCon.org, a website dedicated to “promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format,” a survey taken in 2012 “found that approximately 5% of Americans (15,695,702 people) considered themselves to be vegetarian, and 2% (6,278,281 people) considered themselves to be vegan” (“Should”). Not all people become vegetarian for the same reason, but they believe it has benefits. Although vegetarians sometimes develop vitamin deficiencies and have difficulty ordering in restaurants, being a vegetarian is still a great way to live because it is ethi... ... middle of paper ... ... $80 billion a year” (“Why”).
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Background/Introduction (500 words) Vegetarianism and veganism are movements that are becoming an epidemic throughout today's society. As the vegetarian and vegan markets begin to grow, there is a widespread trend of people omitting all animal products including milk, cheese, eggs and meats, all of which, have been America’s favorite foods for years! Some vegetarians refrain from eating animal products such as meats, fish and poultry. According to the Oxford dictionary, a vegetarian is a person who does not consume meat and other animal products for the most part for heath, religious or moral reasons. The Merriam-Webster dictionary explains it as a person who does not eat meat and has a diet of only vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts and sometimes eggs or dairy products.
Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but no dairy products, and some do consume honey. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians exclude meats and seafood’s but consume dairy products and eggs. The lacto-ovo-vegetarian eating pattern also consists of legumes, seeds and nuts. Vegans are the only pure vegetarians; they exclude all animal derived foods. There are also people that classify themselves as near vegetarians, for example macrobiotic diets.