Vegetarian & Vegan
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Vegetarianism and Veganism are both plant based diets. A vegetarian eats no meat, including poultry and fish. A vegan does not eat meat, but also refrains from eating other animal products such as milk, cheese, eggs, honey and gelatin. Many people choose either of these lifestyles for very personal reasons, including religious, cultural, ethical and health.
Vegan diets (sometimes called strict or pure vegetarian diets) are a subset of vegetarian diets, which are credited with lowering the risk of colon cancer, heart attack, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, and stroke. Properly planned vegan diets are healthful and have been found to completely satisfy nutritional needs in every stage of life, including during pregnancy and lactation. However, poorly planned vegan diets can be low in levels of calcium, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Vegans are therefore encouraged to plan their diet and take dietary supplements as appropriate.
Benefits of eating vegetarian
A vegetarian diet has been scientifically proven to be just as healthy, if not more so, than a diet including meat. Properly planned vegetarian diets have been found to satisfy the nutritional needs for all stages of life, and some large-scale studies have shown vegetarianism to significantly lower risks of cancer and certain heart and other diseases.
Veganism can often be considered more of a lifestyle choice than merely a dietary decision. It is a way of life that seeks alternatives for all commodities that are derived in any way from animals, including leather clothing and accessories. Veganism, like vegetarianism is a holistically healthy lifestyle that seeks to embrace optimal health.