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What You Need to Know About Vegetarianism

What You Need to Know About Vegetarianism

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Published by Marie Khalsa
Vegetarian Food Facts, Tips, Suggestions for leading a healthier vegetarian lifestyle.
Vegetarian Food Facts, Tips, Suggestions for leading a healthier vegetarian lifestyle.

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Published by: Marie Khalsa on Feb 16, 2011
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What You Need ToKnow
Living healthy requires maintaining ahealthy diet. No diet may be healthierthan meals dominated by fresh, all-natural vegetables and fruits.Lately, more and more people haveshifted to vegetarian meals becausescientific research demonstrated theadverse effects of animal meat.Nutritionists explain that the highamount of animal fat present in meat,dairy, and other animal products maybe probable factors leading to theonset of diabetes mellitus, obesity,colorectal cancer, high bloodpressure, and coronary arterydisease.To avoid these diseases, nutritionistshave long expounded on the healthbenefits of high intake of fruits andvegetables.However, people generally havemany misconceptions aboutvegetarianism or the practice ofeating foods from the plantkingdom.This article attempts to clearthese misconceptions and bringto light what the said lifestyle isabout.Vegetarians may be classified intofour groups. Vegans eat no animalfoods, while semi-vegetariansgenerally avoid meat but consumepoultry and selected animal foods.Meanwhile, lacto-ovo-vegetarians avoid meat, poultryand fish, but take in milk andeggs. Finally, lacto-vegetariansconsume milk products but notother animal foods. Somevegetarians also go as far asavoiding clothing made fromanimal products like fleece, fur,and leather.More so, others avoidprocessed foods, alcoholicbeverages, and foods bred withpesticides.Historically, vegetarianism canbe traced from philosophicalbeliefs, specifically religioustraditions and teachings ofBuddhism and Hinduism.The said religions shun awayfrom animal flesh due to theirdoctrine upholding self-denial,reincarnation, and theblessedness of all forms of life.However, during the 19thcentury, the practice hastranscended religiousboundaries when theVegetarian Society, a Britishnon-religious organization,became famous in 1847.Modern vegetarians uphold therejection of meat in theircampaign for animal welfare,labeling the killing of animalsfor consumption as a violationof their rights. The practice hasalready gained worldwideacceptance.Some people contend that thevegetarian diet is insufficient in
Living healthy requires maintaining a healthydiet. No diet may be healthier than mealsdominated by fresh, all-natural vegetables andfruits.
Nutritionists explain that the high amountof animal fat present in meat, dairy, andother animal products...

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