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About Vegetarianism And A Vegetarian Diet - Some Health Aspects And Benefits

Updated on December 21, 2015
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years breeding layer and broiler parents.

Who is a Vegetarian

One is a Vegetarian if one eats vegetables, fruits and milk and milk products or eggs but no meat and fish.

There are different types of vegetarians within this broad term.

Lacto-Vegetarians are those whose diet includes milk and milk products but no eggs, meat or fish.

Ovo-Vegetarians are those whose diet includes eggs, vegetables and fruit but no milk or milk products.

Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians are those whose diet includes both eggs and milk including milk products in addition to vegetables and fruit.

Vegans are those who avoid milk, milk products,eggs and even honey eating just vegetables and fruit. In fact, Vegans avoid using products made by association to animals in any form like soaps containing animal fats, wool, leather etc and even products tested on animals.


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What Does Food Do?

We eat food primarily to sustain our body and then to remain healthy and to be able to do our daily chores. The food that we eat has various functions to perform viz

  • Build body tissues, contribute to growth and maintenance of the body and make up the energy loss.
  • Give heat and energy to the body.
  • Help us perform our daily work.
  • Build immunity to disease and keep us healthy and disease free.

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Important Nutrients Needed By Us

1. Protein.

2. Carbohydrates.

3. Fat.

4. Minerals.

5. Vitamins.

6.Micro nutrients.


These nutrients are available in vegetables fruits, lentils, milk and grains.

In a non vegetarian diet some of these are totally missing, some are in trace quantities and some in excessive quantities which affect the digestion.

Some Lesser Known Facts About vegetarian Diet

1. Vegetarian diet as compared to a non vegetarian diet is more nutritious and beneficial for health. These views are also endorsed by scientists, philosophers and therapists belonging to developed nations.

2. Vegetarian diet causes a lower stress on the digestive system, to digest food and takes less time to digest too.

3. It is a myth that meat eaters have a healthier body. The strongest animals like elephants, horses, bulls are purely vegetarian.

4. What we eat definitely affects our thoughts and actions.

5. Our internal body structure and constitution is more suited to a vegetarian diet.

6. A vegetarian diet is less expensive than a non vegetarian diet.

7. Many famous personalities like Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw and Mahatma Gandhi were amongst those who were vegetarians or adopted a vegetarian diet.

In current times, the late Michael Jackson,swimmers Murray and Johny Weissmuller, Australian weightlifter A. Anderson and basketball player Bill Walton, are some of the well known personalities who are vegetarians.

8. The anatomies of carnivores (flesh eaters), herbivores (vegetation eaters) and humans show that by the internal and external body structure man ought to be a vegetarian.

Humans and herbivores have no claws, no sharp front teeth for tearing meat, their stomach has weak acid and they perspire through their skin, while the carnivores have claws, sharp front teeth and their stomach acid is much more stronger.

The effect of meat on health

Effects Of Animal Fats On The Human Body

Ill effects of a Non Vegetarian Diet

1. It makes one more aggressive and violent than a vegetarian diet.

2. It leads to obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis,diabetes,heart disease etc.

3. It leads to disturbances in digestion, makes sweat offensive smelling.

4. Meat has high concentration of saturated fat. Also meat, egg and milk producing animals are fed hormones,antibiotics etc which remain in their tissues, if proper withdrawal period of the drugs are not adhered to, can reach the consumer causing health problems.

Eggs are rich in cholesterol. Both meat and eggs can cause a higher incidence of heart disease and brain stroke.

6. The urine of meat eaters is more acidic. Due to disturbances in the acid and alkaline ratio of the blood, bones become weak.

7. Due to the high levels of cholesterol in meat and eggs, incidences of heart diseases, high blood pressure, kidney diseases and stones in kidney, gall bladder etc are higher.

8. The fat and germs present in meat decrease the body's immunity.

Benefits Of A Vegetarian Diet

How To Plan A Healthy Vegetarian Diet

Benefits- Facts of a Vegetarian Diet

1. A vegetarian diet gives a longer and healthier life.

2. The principle of a vegetarian diet is one of Ahimsa (non violence).

3. Vegetarian diet saves one from the ill effects of eating a diseased animal or consuming medicinal, pesticidal,hormonal residues which are found in the tissues and organs of animals.

4. Mustard oil, green vegetables lentils etc reduce cholesterol.

5. From a spiritual point of view a vegetarian diet is more suited as the senses are more in control.

6. It is cheaper than a non vegetarian diet.

7.Consuming fruits is a good prevention against any possible deficiency of vitamins and minerals.

8. Consumption of a handful of roasted gram every morning is an insurance against pleurisy or wasting diseases.

9. A patient is always advised a fruit juice or vegetable juice diet as it is easier on the digestive system.

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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mahavir, glad you like this article. A vegetarian diet is definitely healthier. Thanks for sharing the hub.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Rajan, you have done a great job by writing this article.

      Vegetarian diet is becoming more and more popular worldwide now.

      Beside health benefits of vegetarianism, another positive thing is that we do not become a cause of killing animals.

      Shared with my Hub followers.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I agree with your observations, Au fait. Thanks for the visit and share.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Agree that a vegetarian diet is the most healthful and cost effective too. Food really is less expensive and contains more nutrients when you don't process it through an animal first. ;)

      Voted up, awesome, and will share!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Urmila, a lot of people are turning to a vegetarian diet simply because it is healthier. Of course, an added bonus is that it is cheaper.

      Thanks for giving the hub a read and like.

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      Urmila 6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great informative and well researched hub. There is no doubt that vegetarian diet is more cheaper and healthier. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Daniella, Thanks for the read and I'm happy that the hub article was useful to you. Hope you will not find reverting back to a vegetarian diet difficult once you have the baby. I wish you a safe delivery. Take care.

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      Danielle Lopez 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Very informative hub with straight forward facts. Loved it! I was a Vegetarian up until I became pregnant, due to my doctor advising me to switch to a meat diet. I'll probably be going back to a Vegetarian diet after I have the baby though. :) Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Moon Lightened it's a pleasure to read such positive health benefits that have you have gained from a vegetarian diet. It must have been very tough for you to give up the diet you were accustomed to but the positive difference in health it always worth the effort.

      Thanks for reading, liking and being appreciative.

      Thanks also for following me.

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      Moon Lightened 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      I really enjoyed this article. I became vegetarian after marrying my husband. As an American, I was accustomed to a non-vegetarian diet. My husband, being Indian Hindu, is a vegetarian. I agree to try his way and I haven't eaten meat since. I can say my experience with a vegetarian supports what you have written here. Its been a boon to my health and I have lost several unwanted pounds of stored body fat without even making an effort. I will be reading more of your articles.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Absolutely, lona. Thanks for your input and comments.

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      Iona 6 years ago

      I think it's also worth noting that it takes less farmland to feed a vegetarian than it does a carnivore; with the population, now, over 7billion, every little helps.....

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      MemphisYankee, thanks for taking time off to read and leave a comment on my hub and for voting it up too.

      I appreciate your comment.

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      MemphisYankee 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Good intro article for those weighing the benefits of vegetarianism. Voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Good Luck to you, pinkhawk. And thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      This is very useful Sir! Quite an eye opener for me, I'm not a vegetarian but recently as much as possible I avoid meat and replaced them with other alternatives. Slowly and hopefully in due time I will adopt the vegetarian diet... ^_^

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Suziecat,

      Glad to read that you found the hub interesting. Slowly but surely,a lot of us, are turning to a vegetarian diet for one reason or the other. It is a good sign.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Interesting Hub. I eat no red meat but do eat chicken and fish. That said - I eat very little of those and am slowly becoming a full-fledged vegetarian again. Thanks for the great read.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Melovy, thanks for finding my hub informative. I personally do not think you should feel guilty, but that the meals that are prepared are optimal in nutrition. Size has nothing to do with being healthy. If so,all obese people would be healthy. Not so, as you know too.

      Leaving aside everything,else our body structure and organs are just not made to handle non vegetarian food.

      Thanks for your sincere comments.

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      Yvonne Spence 6 years ago from UK

      Rajan, this is very interesting, and I see 100% of voters in your poll so far are vegetarian, but then since I’m the first, that’s not surprising!

      I’ve been vegetarian for many, many years but every now and then I read something that makes me worry that I haven’t given my children the best diet for them. (One has never eaten meat, the other did for 3 years.) It didn’t help that one of my kids was extremely small for her age, although she is now growing rapidly and catching up a bit. A few people have told me that you can’t get really strong on without eating meat, resulting in another guilt trip for me as a mother, so it’s very interesting to read that some swimmers and weight-lifters are vegetarian.

      Thank you for the useful information in this hub.


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