Different Types of Vegetarians
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There are several different types of vegetarians. In gist, a vegetarian is a person whose diet excludes meat or animal flesh. Thus, technically speaking, many of these groups of people are not vegetarians at all, and their diets are not accepted as vegetarian diets by some vegetarian organizations. However, these diets are briefly explained below in any case.
Personally, I would prefer to refer to these diets as 'degrees' of vegetarianism, as compared to calling them different types of vegetarians per se. In other words, to what extent one chooses to give up animal food products.
Do keep in mind that there is no 'right' or 'wrong' type of vegetarian or diet, and which type of vegetarian diet to consume is very much down to individual choice. In fact, one does not even need to fit exactly into any specific category among the different types of vegetarians, although it would be good to understand one's personal reasons for choosing to include or omit certain types of foods.
Some of the less-strict diets can be useful for those who are transiting from a meat-based diet to a fully vegetarian one. On the other hand, some of the diets are a lot more restrictive than the average vegetarian diet.
Among the different types of vegetarians described below, I am quite certain that you would not have heard of at least a couple of them. I myself had not previously heard of a few of the different types of vegetarians before. I would think some of these vegetarian types may actually be quite uncommon.
This diet is sometimes used by those who wish to reduce the amount of animal food they consume, without totally being vegetarian, or sometimes as a transition to a full vegetarian diet.
The basic rationale for this diet, I gather, is that animal food which is produced without causing death or suffering to the animals can be eaten. Another example of such foods would be honey. Some would disagree, however, as they feel that milking cows or making use of bees to produce honey would in fact be causing them suffering.
The macrobiotic diet stands out due to its extensive inclusion of sea vegetables, such as seaweeds.
This is probably one of the strictest types of vegetarian diets around.
To a large extent, veganism is more than just a diet, but also a lifestyle - some vegans do not use any animal products at all, not even for clothing or other purposes. They would often also be against practices such as animal testing in laboratories and modern commercial livestock farming methods.
A dietary vegan only adheres to the diet portion of veganism.
Some define a raw vegan diet as one which consists of unprocessed foods which have not been heated above 46 degrees Celsius or 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The rationale is that foods which are heated above this temperature lose a significant portion of their nutrients, and can even become harmful to the human body when consumed.
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