Vegetarianism: Know the different types of vegetarian diets  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: Vegetarianism is becoming a rage and a statement of health and fitness in India. Perhaps, a lot of celebrities in the West are turning to East and opting for vegetarianism. Basically, a vegetarian diet majorly includes pulses, cereals, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. In this article, lets talk about the various aspects of vegetarian diets.
Lacto-vegetarians: A vegetarian diet that includes vegetables as well as daily products like milk.
Ovo-vegetarian: A vegetarian diet that includes eggs but no milk products
Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Here, milk and eggs can be consumed along with a vegetarian diet.
Jain vegetarian: Practiced by the followers of Jain culture and philosophy, this is a lacto vegetarian diet with no roots and tubers like onion, garlic, potato, colocasia, etc.
Raw vegetarian: No cooked foods
Pesco-vegetarian: A vegetarian diet plan that includes fish.
Some possible reasons for adapting vegetarianism include:
It has been seen that vegetarians have a lower BMI, blood pressure and serum cholesterol. This has been attributed to the fibrer-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes they eat. These foods are also a rich source of antioxidants as compared to non-vegetarian foods.
It is important to know the pros and cons of any diet that one wishes to follow. Consult an expert before starting any diet as a well-planned diet can help keep deficiencies away!
(Disclaimer: The author, Parul Patni, Nutritionist, is a guest contributer and a part of our medical expert panel. Views expressed are personal)