Learn more about vegetarianism!

Whether for religious, ethical, ecological, economic or health reasons, many people choose to become vegetarians. Vegetarian diets are said to have multiple benefits. But is it safe for health and better than a meat-based diet?

FORMS OF VEGETARIANISM

Vegetarianism is a diet that excludes meat, poultry, fish and seafood. However, there are various types, here is an overview.

Strict vegetarian (or vegan):  Only eats plants such as cereal products, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.

The semi-vegetarian:  He does not eat any red meat, but sometimes consumes poultry and fish, or exclusively fish.

The lacto-vegetarian:  He banishes eggs from his plate, but consumes dairy products.

The ovo-vegetarian:  He does not eat any dairy products, but does eat eggs.

The lacto-ovo-vegetarian:  There are eggs and dairy products on his plate.

The fruitarian:  He gives pride of place to fresh or dried fruits, and sometimes adds nuts and seeds to his menu.

To replace meat, eat tofu. It is indeed an excellent source of protein, containing little fat and no cholesterol.

THE BENEFITS OF VEGETARIANISM

A vegetarian diet can help maintain good health for several reasons:

  • Rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it is an excellent source of protein and carbohydrates, and therefore energy.
  • Excluding meat, it allows for better control of fats.

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Numerous studies show that a vegetarian diet helps prevent the risks of obesity, cardiovascular problems, cancer and osteoporosis.

Note, however, that a balanced, but non-vegetarian, diet can also contribute to maintaining good health if it includes fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereal products.

THE DANGERS OF VEGETARIANISM

Being vegetarian does not necessarily mean that you have a balanced diet. You can, for example, not eat meat and limit fats while consuming too many cakes or oil. But above all, a vegetarian diet can lead to multiple deficiencies, including iron, calcium and vitamin B12. Veganism and diets that exclude dairy products are likely to lead to deficiencies in calcium and vitamins A and D.

In any case, if you want to adopt a vegetarian diet, it is best to consult a health professional and to do your research on the subject before you start. Children and pregnant women should be particularly careful and be monitored by a doctor. Food supplements are sometimes recommended to avoid possible deficiencies.

For more information, ask your Brunet pharmacist for advice! They will be happy to help you.

Abbas Jahangir

I am a researcher and writer with a background in food and nutritional science. I am the founder of Foodstrend.com, our reputable online platform offering scientifically-backed articles on health, food, nutrition, kitchen tips, recipes, diet, and fitness. With a commitment to providing accurate and reliable information, we strive to empower our readers to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle choices. Join us on Foodstrend.com's journey toward a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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