Niagara Gazette

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March 16, 2012

Natural Health: Are you an unhealthy vegetarian?

NIAGARA FALLS — There are many different kinds of vegetarians. Religious, spiritual and ethical beliefs are typically the deciding factors in this lifestyle. Those with blood type A are naturally predisposed to at least semi-vegetarianism just by nature.

Vegetarian

 

Vegetarian is a blanket term that describes someone who does not eat meat, poultry or seafood. Foods are typically plant-based and by products of animal slaughter (rennet and gelatin) are usually avoided as well.

Here is a breakdown to help define things better for you:

Semi-vegetarian

This vegetarian will consume dairy products, eggs, chicken and fish, but does not consume any other type of animal flesh.

Ovo-lacto-vegetarian

Ovo-lacto-vegetarians are vegetarians who do not consume meat, poultry, fish or seafood. They do consume eggs and milk. This is the largest sub-group of the vegetarians.

 

Ovo-vegetarian

Ovo-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be vegan if they did not consume eggs.

 

Lacto-vegetarian

Lacto-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be vegan if they did not consume milk.

Pescetarianism

Is the practice of eating seafood but not the flesh of other animals. Pescetarians eat vegetables, fruits, nut grains, beans, eggs and dairy as well. 

Raw vegetarian

The main principle is about eating foods in their most natural state — uncooked and unprocessed.  These foods are also the most nutrient dense for the body. Practitioners of this diet boast a leaner body, clearer skin, and higher energy.

Vegan

Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or byproducts.

Carbotarian

Many people who claim to be vegetarians actually eat very few vegetables. Unfortunately, this is the majority of “vegetarians” I have been exposed to. They are typically overweight and live mostly on breads, pasta, rice, cheese, milk, cookies and pizza. This form of vegetarianism is by far, the most unhealthy type. My work with this type vegetarian is very difficult. Many habits and addictions need to be broken. If these individuals are not already suffering heart disease or adult onset diabetes they will be soon. Cholesterol levels will be very high. Bad cholesterol (LDL) will be high, good cholesterol (HDL) will be low and triglycerides will be elevated as well. High triglycerides are a sure sign that too much sugar and bread are being consumed. 

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