Vegetarian Diet Vs. Vegetarian Diets

891 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
A vegetarian diet is one that is defined as a diet that includes only plant foods, and does not include meat, fish, or, poultry. There are different variety of ways in which a vegetarian diet can be classified. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians include dairy products and eggs in their diets, while lacto-vegetarians include diary but not eggs. Vegans avoid eating any animal products (Edelstein, Sharlin, 2009, p. 229). These are not the end all be all of vegetarian diets, other types of vegetarian diets are macrobiotic, and fruitarian diets. Macrobiotic diets are based largely on grains, legumes, vegetables, and may include limited amounts of fish. Fruitarian diets are based on fruits, nuts, and seeds that often includes vegetables that are botanically fruits like avocado and tomatoes. Many people choose a vegetarian or vegan based diet because they believe it is healthier. According to the American Heart Association, vegetarian diets are lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. This paper will discuss persons following a vegetarian or vegan diet—mainly adults, the pros and cons of vegetarianism, and foods that are nutrient dense and the sources in which to find these nutrients can be found.
There are many reasons to why people chose to switch to a vegetarian diet. Individuals following a vegetarian diet are less likely to develop cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and more. A reduced intake of foods have bad fats,…
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