BodybuildingPro.com Nutrition Database What is Veganism?
Vegetarianism is the fastest growing dietary form in the Western
world today, and within it veganism is also steadily growing in
It is estimated that there are over 15 million vegetarians in the
United States, and over 9 million in the United Kingdom. In the
United States in particular veganism is rapidly growing in
popularity as the health benefits of the vegan diet are becoming
clearer. In Australia, over one quarter of teenage girls are
Vegans are individuals who refrains from eating all animal
products. This means that vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry,
dairy or eggs. Most vegans (particularly those who chose veganism
for ethical reasons) do not wear animal products, including
leather, fur, silk and wool.
Vegetarians eat animal by- products but not animal flesh. There
are a few types of vegetarians:
Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians eat eggs and dairy products. This is the
most commonly found form of vegetarianism in the Western World.
Lacto-Vegetarians are common throughout India in particular. They
eat dairy products, but refuse eggs.
Ovo-Vegetarians accept eggs but refuse dairy products. This is a
relatively uncommon form of vegetarian.
Other groups include individuals who refuse all red meat but eat
poultry and fish/seafood, and those who refuse meat and poultry but
eat fish/seafood. Neither group is vegetarian, and vegan and
vegetarian societies worldwide consider both dietary forms as
subsets of the omnivorous diet.
*Take a look at the who's who of Vegetarians:
Mary Tyler Moore
Louisa May Alcott
Leonardo Da Vinci
Ralph W Emerson
Sir Isaac Newton
George Bernard Shaw
Benjamin Spock MD
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