Vegetarian eating

Vegetarians are people who don’t eat meat. With careful planning, a vegetarian diet can provide all the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for a long and healthy life. A vegetarian diet has many health benefits, but can result in some vitamin and mineral deficiencies if it is not carefully planned.

Types of vegetarians
There are three main types of vegetarianism. These are:

* Lacto-ovo vegetarians - people who avoid meat, but include dairy foods (such as milk and eggs) and plant foods.
* Lacto-vegetarians - people who avoid meat and eggs, but include dairy foods and plant foods.
* Vegans - people who consume only plant foods.

Health benefits of a vegetarian diet
A well-balanced vegetarian diet can provide many health benefits, such as a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including:

* Obesity
* Coronary artery disease
* Hypertension (high blood pressure)
* Diabetes
* Some types of cancer.

Vegetarians also have lower rates of illness and death from a number of degenerative diseases.

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