What Type of Vegetarian?
1) Strict vegetarians avoid consuming all animal products.
2) Lacto vegetarians do not eat meat, but may consume milk and its derivatives, like cheese, butter or yogurt.
3)Ovo-vegetarians do not eat meat but may eat eggs.
4) Macrobiotics or fruitarians,only eat fruit,nuts,seed and other plant that can be gathered without harming the plant.
5) Raw Foodism involves food, usually vegan, which is not heated above 116F; it may be warmed slightly or raw, but never cooked.
In current English, the term “vegetarian” is occasionally used for restricted diets that nevertheless include some types of meat.
Benefits of being vegetarians
The reasons for choosing vegetarianism may be related to morality, religion, culture, ethics, aesthetics, environment, society, economy, politics, taste, or health.
- Vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders, cancers and gallstones.
- Vegetarians often live longer and suffer less from several chronic diseases.
- Vegetarians have half to three-quarters the risk of dying of heart disease compared to non-vegetarians.
- Cancer rates among vegetarians are 25-50 per cent less than non-vegetarians.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) in vegetarians is one third to one half that of meat eaters..
- Diabetes is much less likely to be a cause of death in vegetarians.
- Vegetarians have a much lower incidence of caesarean section.
- 95 per cent of all food poisoning comes from meat and animal products.
- Vegetarianism will produce very significant metabolic advantages for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications.
“I don’t eat meat, fish, or eggs. I was never a big meat-eater, but I’ve got more energy now. I eat a lot of tofu, and I drink soy shakes with fruit every morning. I always have soybeans, black beans, or chickpeas for lunch or dinner” – Shania Twain
“Vegans and vegetarians are commonly baited by nonvegetarians with “what if” scenarios that typically have no relevance to or bearing on most people’s real-life situations.” – Joanne Stepaniak, M.S. Ed.
“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that. But I’ll eat Linda’s veggie bacon. All her food was so good. Steve Martin came around for a barbecue once. I was grilling and he said, “Oh, no, I can’t have any of that.” I asked why not and he said, “Sorry, I’m vegetarian.” I said, “You didn’t know we are?! Everything on the grill is veggie!” He said, “Ahhh” and ate three veggie burgers and then asked where he could buy them. ” Paul McCartney
“I believe I have omitted mentioning that, in my first voyage from Boston, being becalm’d off Block Island, our people set about catching cod, and hauled up a great many. Hitherto I had stuck to my resolution of not eating animal food, and on this occasion consider’d, with my [vegetarian] master Tryon, the taking every fish as a kind of unprovoked murder, since none of them had, or ever could do us any injury that might justify the slaughter. All this seemed very reasonable. But I had formerly been a great lover of fish, and, when this came hot out of the frying-pan, it smelt admirably well. I balanc’d some time between principle and inclination, till I recollected that, when the fish were opened, I saw smaller fish taken out of their stomachs; then thought I, “If you eat one another, I don’t see why we mayn’t eat you.” So I din’d upon cod very heartily, and continued to eat with other people, returning only now and then occasionally to a vegetable diet. So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.” Benjamin Franklin
“Though nature has given sensibility to pain to such living organisms as have the power of movement, in order thereby to preserve the members which in this movement are liable to diminish and be destroyed, the living organisms which have no power of movement do not have to encounter opposing objects, and plants consequently do not need to have a sensibility to pain, and so it comes about that if you break them they do not feel anguish in their members as do the animals.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Classic Hot Dog
These soy-based hot dogs taste just as good as the meat-based version, except they’re far healthier.
1 tablespoon canola oil
|½ onion—finely chopped|
|2 soy frankfurters|
|2 hot dog buns (regular or whole grain)|
|2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese|
|Ketchup and American-style mustard to serve|
HEAT the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the onions for 6 minutes, stirring regularly. HEAT the soy frankfurters according to the packet instructions. CUT a slit down the middle of each hot dog bun and place a frankfurter in each. TOP with the onion and cheese and microwave each hot dog for 30 seconds. SPREAD or drizzle with the ketchup and mustard to serve.
Variations: Cook 2 chopped soy bacon rashers for 3 minutes in the frying pan with the onion. Add your favorite chutney or relish.