What kind of vegetarian are you….

Todays topic is a look at the meatless diet. Although not a vegetarian myself, I do practice and appreciate the lifestyle. The question I ask is as follows, is the decision ethical or health based. both are good reasons to elect for a vegetarian meal.

“I’m a level 5 vegan—I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow,” said cartoon character Jesse Grasse on the television series “The Simpsons.”

That may be taking it a bit to far…..lol. So lets look at the different types of non meat diets. Myself for example, although I do eat vegetarian, I try to stick to a  “flexitarian diet” Within this diet selection, I still have plethora of choices, inclusive of occasional meat consumption.

Pescatarian

The word “pescatarian” (also pescetarian) is used to describe those who abstain from eating all animal flesh with the exception of fish. More and more people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or as a stepping stone to a fully vegetarian diet.

Lacto-Ovo

When most people think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians. These are people who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products. The word “lacto” comes from the Latin for milk and “ovo” means egg. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are the most common kind of vegetarian.

Vegan

Vegans do not eat meat products of any kind including eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin, which comes from animal collagen.

Raw food diet

A raw vegan diet consists of unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 F / 46 C. A person who follows a raw vegan diet is also called a “raw foodist.” This food trend is based on the belief that foods cooked above this temperature lose a significant amount of their nutritional value and become harmful to the body.

Macrobiotic diet

The macrobiotic diet, revered by some for its healthy and healing qualities, includes unprocessed vegan foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and allows the occasional consumption of fish. Sugar and refined oils are avoided. Perhaps the most unique qualifier of the macrobiotic diet is its emphasis on the consumption of Asian vegetables, such as daikon radish, and sea vegetables, such as wakame and other seaweeds.

Fruitarianism

 This is a subset of dietary veganism that consists of a diet of entirely or primarily fruits in the botanical sense, and possibly nuts and seeds, but without animal products. Fruitarian diets are subject to numerous criticisms and health concerns.