Going Vegetarian

By Tiffany Nash

Vegetarianism is increasing in popularity. Some people chose to become vegetarian because of health issues, animal right issues or they simply don't enjoy the taste of meat. Types of vegetarians include semi vegetarians, who eat only very small amounts of meat and animal products. This type of lifestyle is usually due to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, or obesity. Lacto-ovo vegetarians don't eat any meat but include dairy products and eggs in their diet, this is the most common type of vegetarian in Western cultures.

There are also lacto vegetarians, who do not eat eggs, but still eat dairy. A vegan is the most intense type of vegetarian. A vegan doesn't eat any animal product, including honey and gelatin. They also avoid wearing clothes made of leather or wool, and only use products that aren't tested on animals. Many people embrace vegetarianism because of animal rights issues. Some vegetarians consume white meats or free range meats only.

Many meat-eaters can't understand how not eating meat can be healthy. The truth is that vegetarians tend to be a lot healthier than meat eaters. Statistics show that vegetarians are three times less likely to develop heart disease or breast cancer as compared to meat eaters. Meat eaters are also 400% more likely to develop colon cancer. Eating too much meat can cause obesity and excess weight. Vegetarians can live about 6 years longer than meat eaters on average.

If you decide you want to become vegetarian, you have to make sure you are consuming enough healthy foods. A vegetarian can't eat just white bread and pasta. You should eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, beans, legumes, soy products, nuts, and whole grain pastas, breads, and rice. There are plenty of calcium sources that you can eat, like spinach, tofu, kale, and soymilk. If you are still consuming dairy products and eggs, then be sure you are taking them in the right quantities.

Your health will improve a lot if you go vegetarian. You can get plenty of information about vegetarianism online.

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