Last updated on Jan 15th, 2021 at 04:50 pm

Vegetarianism is gaining popularity and people are embracing it as a lifestyle choice and reaping the benefits.

These days, with everyone becoming more environmentally and health conscious, vegetarian diets are no longer the domain of dreadlock-toting Rastafarians and hippies. 

Perhaps you have also considered becoming a vegetarian. 

Here are some points to ponder if you are thinking of embracing this lifestyle choice:

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Types of vegetarian diets

If you would like to become a vegetarian, you need to decide what type of vegetarian diet you would opt for.

Ovo-vegetarians consume eggs and omit all other animal products including dairy from their diet, while lacto-vegetarians consume dairy products and omit all other animal products. Ovo-lacto vegetarians consume both eggs and dairy.

Vegans go a step further and abstain from consuming any kind of animal derived products including eggs, dairy, honey, and wearing leather or silk.

Some consider themselves vegetarian while steering clear of red meats, but eating fish or/and chicken. 

A true vegetarian however, avoids eating all animal flesh and animal by-products.

The benefits of a vegetarian diet

  • Besides being slimmer, vegetarians tend to be healthier, since they consume less saturated fat, and more fibre and vitamins than non-vegetarians. They have lower body indices, are less prone to blood pressure problems, diabetes, kidney disease and certain cancers.

  • Vegetables, fruits and grains are cheaper than meat and seafood, so in addition to saving calories, you will be saving money too.

  • It is free from the chemicals, antibiotics, growth hormones and drugs that are commonly given to livestock. It is also free of the parasites, bacteria and viruses found in animal meat.

  • The livestock industry has been shown to be a major contributor to air and water pollution, climate change and land degradation. Vegetarianism is thus kinder to the environment.

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