What is a Vegetarian Diet? - Slender Kitchen

What is a Vegetarian Diet?

People chose to be vegetarians for various reasons. It may be for health reasons, environmental reasons, due to a belief in animal rights, or a number of other factors. Moreover multiple studies speak to the benefits of a more plant based diet both for our health and for the environment. However like any diet, it is important to understand what it means to be a vegetarian before deciding if it is the right diet or lifestyle for you.

At its most basic form, being a vegetarian means refraining from eats meat, poultry, and fish. However there are varying degrees of vegetarianism based on how much you want to limit animal products from your diet.

Types of Vegetarian Diets

  • Vegetarian: The general vegetarian diet usually refers to someone who does not eat meat of any kind but does eat products that come from animals like milk, eggs, and honey for example. Vegetarians focus on a plant based diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, and nuts as well as dairy, eggs, cheese, and other products that are derived from animals.
  • Vegan: Refrains from eating any and all animal products and animal derived products including all meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, and any animal product
  • Lacto Vegetarian: A lacto-vegetarian usually refers to a vegetarian who does not eat eggs but does eat other dairy products. For example, a lacto-vegetarian would drink milk and eat cheese or yogurt, but would not eat anything made with eggs.
  • Ovo Vegetarian: An ovo-vegetarian usually refers to a vegetarian who does not eat any meat products but does consume eggs or dairy. This is also sometimes just called a vegetarian and is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
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