Exploring the world of those who choose to eat no meat -- whether for concerns about their health, or for ethical/religious/environmental reasons. Find out about the various kinds of vegetarian, and follow the debate on the pros and cons of eating fish, chicken, and eggs.
Asked in Vegetarianism
Are fruit pastilles vegetarian?
What are the differences between vegans and vegetarians?
Vegetarians do not consume any animals and meat byproducts that involve killing the animal, including beef, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, fish, shellfish, cheese made with animal rennet, and gelatin. They may also avoid products that involve killing an animal, such as fur, leather, silk, and pearls. Some vegetarians do consume animal secretions that do not primarily involve killing the animal, such as milk, eggs, cheese, cream, butter, and honey. And they may use animal products that don't immediately involve the death of the animal, such as wool and feathers. But, although milk products usually (really almost always) mean that calves are sent to a veal farm in order to provide you with their milk, dairy products are consumed by vegetarians (unless they have rennet, which is part of a calf stomach). Likewise, egg production almost always involves the culling (via suffocation or maceration) of male chicks shortly after birth. A vegan would not eat any of these foods. There are different kinds of vegetarianism:Lacto-ovo-Vegetarians These types of vegetarians don't eat meat, but do eat dairy products and eggs. Lacto Vegetarians Lacto vegetarians do not eat meats, but do consume milk and dairy products. Ovo Vegetarians Ovo Vegetarians do not eat meats, or dairy products, but do eat eggs. But there is only one kind of vegan. Vegans refrain from consuming or using any animal products. They also don't use beauty products that contain animal ingredients or were tested on animals. They also don't wear clothes that were made from animals, including leather, fur, wool, silk, and feathers. Vegans are against the exploitation of animals for any reason. There has and always will be a debate over the extent to which a person must go to be truly vegan - for example, not eating refined sugar that might have used bone char. Or, palm oil because most of it is exported from Indonesia, where orangutans are being killed off to make room for more palm oil farms. It might be accurate to say that vegans are "strict vegetarians," although motivation and attitude are almost as important as behavior. Veganism is a way of life based on non-violence and respect for sentient life, in addition to environmental and human health concerns. A person might be vegetarian for similar concerns, though not necessarily.
Asked in Vegetarianism, Cheeses, Ricotta Cheese
Is Sainsbury's ricotta cheese vegetarian?
Yes, eating cheese is not eating meat. It might have rennet (a coagulant) in it, which can be derived from either animal (most common) or vegetable sources. So, depending on how strictly vegetarian you are, you may or may not want to eat ricotta. You can try going on the company's website to see if if specifies the coagulant's source. By law, all vegetarian products in the UK must be symbolised with a green V on the packaging so they can easily be spotted by vegetarians.
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Vegetarianism
What nutrients do vegetarian diets typically include and what do they lack?
Vegetarian diets usually have enough fiber, and enough carbs, but can be lower in protein and the vitamins and minerals associated with eating meat and/or fish. Most meat eaters actually get more protein than is necessary, and a whole lot more cholesterol. Vegetarians get plenty of protein in soy products, nuts, and beans, while getting other necessary nutrients that are absent in meat (not to mention the hormones used in processed meats). The one thing that vegetarians tend to be deficient in is vitamin B12, and the B complex, which allows the body to metabolize food easier and break carbs into energy. The best suggestion for this is sublingual (NOT swallow-able!) vitamins, since they are more likely to absorb that way. Vegetarians also tend to eat too many carbs and cheese in trying to make up for the "substance" that comes from not having chicken or steak on the plate. Therefore, they may gain weight the first time around. However, if you watch enough to get the full serving of fruits/veggies/grains...you will find you are much more balanced because you put more veggies on your plate than meat!
Asked in Vegetarianism, Food Science
Is confectioners glaze vegetarian?
Confectioners glaze is a by-product of the Lac beetle. Lac is the generic name of the natural resin gathered by the Lac beetle that thrives on various trees and shrubs in India, Burma, Indochina, and Siam. The Lac beetle converts the sap of the trees into resin. It is very similar to a bee's production of honey and is called "transferred nectar." The Lac resin is collected, crushed, washed, dried, and made into pure food glaze. The Lac beetle is not harmed in any way.
Asked in Vegetarianism
How do vegetarians do without arachidonic acid?
Asked in Animal Rights and Abuse, Vegetarianism
Should animals be eaten?
Answer: Some people choose not to eat meat because of the way that they are treated. We are not carnivores. Animals should lead natural lives, free from confinement, suffering from the hands of humans and unnatural death. Answer: If one decides they want to be a meat eater, they can very well do so whether another human being believes they should or not. Life survives from life, as in, each and every living organism feeds off of another to sustain their life, no matter what it is. Humans have eaten animals for the longest, and many choose not to weed it out of our existence for many reasons. some reasons are people enjoy the taste, some cannot afford to change their whole diet around, and/or for others, going vegetarian/vegan is not healthy for them at all regardless of how it effects another.
Asked in Vegetarianism
Why do vegetarians complain about meat?
It depends on why they are vegetarian. If they really cant eat meat then I wouldn't know why but if they chose to be vegetarian then they most likely don't like eating dead animals. A second viewpoint: Vegetarians comprise a broad variety of personality types, many of whom do not complain at all, but rather just want to live their own lives without judgment. There are many reasons people may become vegetarians--health, religion, treatment of animals, eco-efficiency, or others. There may be a correlation between personality type and the political aspect of a particular vegetarian's reasoning.