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While in our country the distinction between being vegetarian and non-vegetarian is a part of life, in many other parts of the world people often wonder, "If not meat, then what do they eat?"
The concept of a diet that comprises only of legumes, cereal, fruit and vegetables sounds impossible to most hardcore non-vegetarians, but many today, particularly youngsters, are headed the veg way -- it is a trend that is slowly but surely catching on.
Did you know that there are types of vegetarians too?
Type What do they eat? What do they avoid? Lacto- vegetarians Cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit, milk Meat, fish, eggs, poultry Lacto-ovo-vegetarians Cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit, milk and eggs Meat, fish, poultry Vegan Cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit Milk, eggs, meat, fish, poultry
What do they eat?
What do they avoid?
Cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit, milk
Meat, fish, eggs, poultry
Cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit, milk and eggs
Meat, fish, poultry
Cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit
Milk, eggs, meat, fish, poultry
So why are people turning vegetarian?
While some of us change our food preferences for health reasons, others do so for humanitarian or environmental reasons and still others do it just for weight loss!
If you have converted or are planning on converting to vegetarianism here are a few benefits you should be aware of:
The down side:
In conclusion, vegetarianism is an individual choice. There are plenty of benefits and a few nutritional disadvantages to being completely vegetarian.
Giving up milk is not such a great idea as it is the only remaining source of good quality animal protein in a vegan diet.
However, if you have decided to give up on meat, fish, eggs and poultry, taking multivitamin supplements is a good idea (under the guidance of your doctor/ nutritionist).
Samreedhi Goel is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. She runs Size Wise, her own training studio. She also conducts fitness workshops. Besides training with the International Sports Science Association, USA, she has a PG Diploma in nutrition and food technology and writes for a variety of publications. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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