Factors That Affect A Vegetarian Diet That Account For Most Of The Energy Required By The Human Body

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This report examines the various factors in a vegetarian diet that account for most of the energy required by the human body. The purpose of this report is to find out if a vegetarian diet can maintain normal physiological energy levels. In this day and age, many misconceptions arise regarding vegetarians. Some believe that vegetarians are lethargic and physically weak because they do not get enough nutrients from their diet. Having been a vegetarian my entire life, I can say that I haven’t had issues with low energy or any nutrient deficiencies. Some people might say that vegetarians eat vegetables and nothing else. In actuality, vegetarians cannot be placed into a single group. There are five main types of vegetarians: lacto vegetarians, lacto ovo vegetarians, pescatarians, pollotarians, and vegans. Lacto vegetarians eat vegetables and dairy products, whereas lacto ovo vegetarians, such as myself, eat vegetables, dairy products, and eggs. Pescatarians consume vegetables and fish products, avoiding all other meats. Pollotarians eat vegetables and chicken as their source of animal product. Vegans only eat vegetables and avoid all dairy and animal products. Maintaining physiological energy in all diet groups depends on various factors such as: • A good metabolism • Complex carbohydrate consumption • Adequate protein consumption • Consuming vegetable oil and fats • Getting enough vitamins and minerals • Getting quality sleep and exercising daily It can be seen that energy

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