Vegetarian Diet
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What is Vegetarian Diet?

A vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, fish, and foods containing these products. There are many different variations of the vegetarian diet, including a Vegan Diet. This article focuses on the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, which is based on plant foods, but also includes eggs and dairy. This is probably the most common kind of vegetarian diet, at least in the United States.

Why Follow a Vegetarian Diet?

There are many health benefits associated with following a vegetarian diet. In general, vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, and provide higher amounts of many vitamins and minerals than traditional Western diets. Moreover, a well-balanced vegetarian diet may help:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve cholesterol profile
  • Reduce body mass...
 
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