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  1. Various forms of vegetarianism
  2. The reasons for becoming a vegetarian
  3. The benefits of a vegetarian diet

Although many people believe that eating meat is part of a healthy diet, and eating this way is as nature intended, vegetarianism is a popular growing trend among many individuals who are attempting to improve their health. It is a difficult choice to make, and while there are many reasons to continue to eat meat, vegetarianism has given many people the ability to improve their health, while gaining energy and helping to curb animal cruelty. While there are many arguments that say forgoing meat will cause iron deficiency, it has also been proven that vegetarianism is good for the heart.

[...] However, there are many forms of vegetarianism, and it is quite simple to find a diet and meal plan that can conform to each individual need. There are vegans, who do not eat any animal products, such as meat, fish and poultry. They avoid eating foods that include animal by-products as well, meaning that they do not consume foods such as honey, dairy, and eggs. This is the strictest of all vegetarian diets, and is usually the hardest to achieve. In addition, there are also lacto-ovo vegetarians who do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. [...]


[...] Although one can achieve the desired intake of fruits and vegetables without being a vegetarian, it is evident that there are many advantages of the vegetarian diet. As acceptance for vegetarianism grows, as more restaurants find room on their menu for vegetarian selections, it becomes clear that the move for a healthier lifestyle is fast approaching. As recognition for vegetarianism grows, society benefits, as a whole. There is much work to be done, but it is very important to realize that vegetarianism, exercise, and a healthy diet do come together to produce healthier, more energized, active people. [...]


[...] By maintaining a healthy diet, vegetarianism allows the individual to eat foods that are good for them while losing weight and being fit. Studies have found the prevalence of obesity to be in a vegetarian group compared with in non- vegetarians. This may be due to vegetarians' lower energy intake overall, with a lower proportion of energy being supplied by fat. Because blood pressure and diabetes are so interrelated, a study done about lipoprotein oxidation and fatty acid composition in vegetarians by the Institute of Preventive and Clinical Medicine has found, once again, that vegetarians are at much lower risk than non-vegetarians of developing diabetes, or managing the illness. [...]


[...] 2005): 1-8. Barnard, Neal D., MD, and Joshua Cohen, MD. Low-fat Vegan Diet Improves Glycemic Control and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Randomized Clinical Trial in Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes." Diabetes Care. American Diabetes Association May Waslaski, Janelle, RD,CDE, and Jackie Boucher, MS,RD, BC-ADM, CDE. "Beyond Bean Sprouts: Vegetarianism Today." Diabetes Forecast Oct. 2005: 50-54. [...]


[...] Lacto-vegetarians don't eat meat, fish, poultry or eggs but do consume dairy products. Lastly, there are semi-vegetarians, or flexitarians, who occasionally eat meat, and poultry, but limit their intake to about once a week. However, healthy eating advice aimed at reducing the risk of heart disease often encourages the use of lean meat cuts. Nonetheless, in a comparison between a vegetarian diet and a lean meat diet, the vegetarian diet was shown to lower cholesterol more effectively and so lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease. [...]

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