Vegetarianism

By: Kali Egr

Body Effects

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Zinc Deficiency
  • Calcium and Bone loss
  • Low cholesterol levels
  • Lower bone mineral density
  • Insufficient levels of Omega- 3 fatty acids

Benefits

  • lower risk for obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lower risk for colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancer
  • According to the Mediterranean eating pattern vegetarians have a better chance of living longer than those who eat meat

Reasons

  • Religious convictions
  • Concern about animal welfare
  • Concern for their own health
  • Can't afford to eat meat
  • Concerns for the use of antibiotics and hormone in livestock
  • Concern for environment
  • Economic and world hunger concerns
  • Compassion for animals
  • Belief in nonviolence

How many vegetarians?

  • According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group about 6 to 8 million adults in the U.S. eat no meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Several million more have eliminated red meat but still eat chicken or fish.
  • 5% of the U.S. does not eat meat.

Varieties

  • Vegans ( Total vegetarians)
  • Lacto- ovo Vegetarians ( No fish, meat, poultry)
  • Lacto Vegetarians ( consumes dairy, but no meat)
  • Partial vegetarians ( no meat, eats some fish and poultry)

Foods they CAN eat

  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Grains
  • Leafy Greens
  • Seaweed
  • Dried fruits
  • Soups
  • Fruits
  • Other vegetables
  • Breads
  • Herbs
  • Veggie burgers