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Different Vegetarian or Vegan Diets

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Originally Published October 4, 2021. Updated on October 18, 2022.


October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and October is Vegetarian Awareness Month.

If we strictly define the word vegetarianism, it means a diet that is plant-based and one that excludes meat, chicken, and fish. However, due to the individual differences of many dieters, vegetarian diets have evolved to cater to the varied needs of their advocates.

If you are thinking about changing your dietary habits, here are a few of the different types of vegetarian diets you may like to consider. There is possibly one that appeals and is more suitable to you and your lifestyle.

Vegan

A vegan diet is a very restrictive type of vegetarian diet. Many people choose to be vegans for ethical, health, and environmental reasons and prefer to follow a vegan lifestyle as their way of promoting a more caring and humane world.

Vegans strictly prohibit the inclusion of all animal-based foods, including dairy products, honey, and eggs. They also refuse to patronize all products that are made from materials that come from an animal, such as leather, fur, reptile skin, and silk. Gelatin and other food ingredients that may have traces of substances from animals are also prohibited.

While this type of diet is considered to be a healthy one and also beneficial for the prevention of many diseases, it takes careful planning and preparation to ensure that you don’t become nutrient deficient.

Many important nutrients may be more easily obtained from animal-based foods such as iron, calcium, and protein. Therefore, finding the right foods when consuming a vegan diet to replace these nutrients is vital for good health.

Supplements

Some vegans and vegetarians take supplements to make sure they get their required nutrients.

Vegans who take nutritional supplements have to be extra careful because some supplements will say on the bottle “natural and healthy” but this doesn’t always mean that they are vegan-safe. When investing in body cleansing products or vitamins, a vegan usually makes sure they buy from reputable, top companies that stand by their product and are able to divulge everything about their products. Vegans need to avoid ads that promise ‘everything’ but do no explaining. There are real vegan-friendly companies out there that can be located with some investigation.

Lacto-Vegetarian

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Lacto-vegetarians still follow a vegetarian lifestyle, but unlike vegans, Lacto-vegetarians will consume milk products, such as cheese and yogurt.

Lacto-ovo Vegetarian

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This vegetarian diet allows the consumption of eggs and dairy products. As lacto-ovo vegetarians consume these products regularly, they are less likely to develop problems with protein and/or calcium deficiencies. Compared to other types of vegetarian diets, this one is an easier protocol to adhere to.

Pescatarian

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The pescatarian diet is one of the least restrictive vegetarian-style diets. It allows you to consume fish, eggs, and dairy products, while still avoiding all types of meat products. Some critics argue that pescatarians are not true vegetarians at all because they eat fish and seafood.

Flexitarians

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Some people tag a flexitarian as being a person that is not totally committed to following a vegetarian lifestyle. This is because flexitarians may consume meat on occasion. Some people prefer to start as a flexitarian to make it easier for their body to transition into a more restrictive type of vegetarian diet.

It certainly makes life simpler – allowing a person to focus on being a vegetarian most of the time, but not having to exclude themselves from situations where a vegetarian option may not be readily available.

Raw Vegetarian

This diet consists mostly of raw vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fruits. Vegetarians who ‘go raw’ do not eat foods that have been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. They believe that the cooking process destroys the important enzymes and nutrients found in foods.


My husband and I used to be flexitarians — or as we called it “vegetarian in the house”. We only ate meat or fish when we went out to eat. Then, I got pregnant, and that went out of the window for a lot of years. We are working back to that now — actually, my husband would be a pescatarian if I wasn’t allergic to fish.

My children are resistant– LOL. Still working on them…



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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.

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