Written by Gurleen Khaira
Everyone has heard of vegetarianism, and most people likely know someone who is vegetarian since statistics highlight that 3.2% of adults in the USA are vegetarian- that’s 7.8 million people in the USA alone! But what does a vegetarian diet actually entail?
Firstly, we should clarify the different types of vegetarian diets:
Vegan diet- no animal products consumed - ie no meat, fish, poultry or dairy
Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet- no fish, meat, or poultry, but allows dairy
Pescetarian diet- no meat and poultry, but allows for fish and usually allows for dairy
People may choose to adopt a vegetarian diet for numerous reasons. Traditionally, it was more so religious reasons and ethical concerns around animal rights that prompted people to become vegetarian. However, the growing concern around global warming and climate change has inspired more people to consider a vegetarian diet since it induces fewer consequences on the environment compared to animal farming. The health benefits of a vegetarian diet are also a key reason why people choose to adopt this diet.
Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet:
Costs of a Vegetarian Diet
However, these disadvantages can be easily overcome by ensuring you have a vegetarian diet rich in vegetables, nuts and tofu. These foods can replenish the body of core nutrients and protein.