Vegetarianism is a popular diet for various reasons. Some people believe that killing and eating animals is morally reprehensible. For others, such as Jains, Hindus and Seventh-Day Adventists, it is part of their religion's teachings. Yet others adopt vegetarianism in order to improve their health: adhering to a vegetarian diet may decrease one's risk of cardiovascular disease and help with weight loss.
As with all diets, adequate nutrition must be taken into account. Although the Vegetarian Diet makes ample room for fiber, vitamins and minerals, vegetarians need to ensure that they consume enough vitamin B12 in particular. Small quantities of this vitamin are found in some plants, like nori, mushrooms and soybeans, but the amount they contain depends on many factors, like soil conditions and how many intestinal bacteria is present at the time of consumption.
Revised June 25th, 2016
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A Vegetarian Diet is one in which nutrients are gained from plant and/or animal sources, but not the flesh of animals. There are several classifications of vegetarians. A lacto-vegetarian includes dairy products in their food choices. An ovo-vegetarian will eat eggs. A lacto-ovo vegetarian eats both eggs and dairy-based foods. Vegans exclude any food that is made using animal parts, including gelatin and honey.