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What is a vegetarian?

  • Date : 10 Jan 2016

What is a vegetarian? According to Webster's New World Dictionary


The vegetarian: Person who eats no meat and sometimes no animal products (milk, eggs, etc.), especially one that advocates a diet solely of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts for health reasons or protest against the slaughter of animals for human consumption.


Definitions as used in health care settings


The lacto-ovo vegetarian (or vegetarian at large): A person who does not eat meat, fish or poultry, but eats eggs and dairy products like milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.


Vegan (or vegetarian in the strict sense): A person who eats only vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and cooked cereals or crues- no eggs or milk products.


The raw food vegan: Like the above, but does not consume anything cooked (Natural Hygienist).


The vegan raw food and germivore: Like the one above, but it emphasizes the consumption of sprouted seeds and grains rich in enzymes as well as fermented foods (seed-based cheese, sauerkraut, etc.)


Reasons why you're a vegetarian.


In general, studies have shown that those who live the longest, around the world, are mostly vegetarian who eat very little meat, from current levels of meat consumption. Research in this area consistently show that vegetarians are healthier than non-vegetarians.


1- Experiments at Yale University on the performance of vegetarian athletes have proven that they can engage in activities that require more power over two to three times longer than carnivores and they recover five times faster.

2- During the Second World War many countries were grappling with severe shortages of meat, which has forced the population to adopt a largely vegetarian diet. To everyone's surprise, the mortality rate dropped dramatically and the incidence of the disease fell sharply.

3- You could read this in an article about heart disease, appeared in the June 3, 1961 Journal of the American Medical Association: A vegetarian diet can prevent 90% of thromboembolic disorders (blood vessel blockage in training clots) and 97% of coronary occlusions (clogged arteries and veins).

4- Studies among Seventh-day Adventists and Mormons among which are primarily vegetarians, show that the incidence of degenerative diseases is twice lower among them than in the rest of the population.

5- It was found, among US soldiers aged 19 to 25 killed during the Korean War, the numerous cases of hardening of the arteries, which is alarming and unusual in people so young. This problem was virtually nonexistent in Korean victims.