Eating a strict vegetarian diet is a giant step for most of us. But if you’ve debated cutting meat from your diet, we wanted to give you some facts to help you weigh the pros and cons. Here’s are a few things you should know about eating a vegetarian diet.
1) Vegetarians come in all forms. Here are a few of the classifications for vegetarians:
- Lacto Vegetarians: Exclude meat, fish, poultry, eggs.
- Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians: Exclude meat, fish, and poultry, but eggs and milk are fair game.
- Ovo Vegetarians: Exclude meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products, but eggs are allowed.
- Vegans: Excludes meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, and all other animal byproducts.
- Flexitarian or Semi-vegetarians: Mostly a plant-based diet with occasional or limited amounts of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy.
2) What are the down-sides of being a vegetarian?
- When you put restrictions on your diet (like not eating meat), it becomes more challenging to get the proper nutrients your body needs. Being a vegetarian takes discipline, and a good understanding of what foods can supplement meat.
- If a vegetarian diet is not followed correctly, it could compromise your health.
3) How about the plus-side?
To highlight the pros of being a vegetarian, we asked our pals at Everyday Health for some advice. They gave us this infogram that lays out a great case for going Vegetarian.
Huge thanks to Everyday Health for sharing their stuff! If you take the plunge and go vegetarian, good luck! And don’t forget to let us know how it goes.