In today’s world of fad diets, it’s hard to keep them all straight! What works, what doesn’t, what does it all mean? Well I hate to break it to you, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Often referred to as a fad diet, a vegetarian diet is not about a fad, it’s about a lifestyle choice. It can be difficult to know where to begin but I think the best place to start is with this basic question: What is a vegetarian?
There are different types and levels of a vegetarian diet. The least strict of the levels is called a semi-vegetarian. This type of diet would exclude red meat but include other meats like chicken or fish. The next level is known as a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Lacto refers to milk products and ovo refers to egg products. This vegetarian diet would include dairy products, milk, eggs, etc. This type of vegetarian would not consume any red meat, poultry, fish, etc. There is also simply a lacto-vegetarian, which is the category I fit in to. This diet includes milk and dairy products like yogurt and cheese but no eggs, meats, fish, or any other animal products. The strictest level of vegetarianism is known as a vegan. A vegan diet would exclude any and all animal products. For most people, this can be a very difficult diet to follow, as it limits the food options available and can make it difficult to achieve proper nutrition.
Whichever style you choose to follow, it is a step in the right direction for natural health. By limiting the amount of animal products consumed, you can decrease the amount of saturated fat, cholesterol and calories in your diet. A vegetarian diet does, however, need to be carefully planned to be sure you are consuming the correct amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Protein, vitamin B12, zinc and iron are a few examples to be specifically aware of when starting a vegetarian diet. You may want to consider a supplement from Swanson Health Products, such as Swanson Vegetarian Multivitamin with Minerals (SWJ006) to help with achieving your nutritional needs with affordable vitamins. If this is the type of lifestyle change you are considering, be sure to do your research and choose the style and plan that works best for you and your best natural health goals.
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