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Vegetarianism Vegetarianism as defined by The World Book Dictionary 1989 is the practice or principle of eating only vegetable foods and refraining from eating meat fish or other animal products This definition though accurate seems somewhat limited as being a vegetarian is so much more it is a lifestyle choice a way of thinking and a way of behaving Over 12 million Americans and countless others from all over the world have turned to the vegetarian diet Vegetarian Times 1996 People who have become vegetarians have made a conscious choice to be this and having studied this practice no one should entertain becoming a vegetarian lightly Even though there are many benefits to becoming a vegetarian the decision could also be harmful There are many reasons for people to choose a vegetarian lifestyle Some people adopt it as a fad while others profess to do it because of an aversion to eating animals There are religious reasons for not eating meat and still others follow vegetarianism as a way to lose weight using it as a diet In each case it can be a healthy or a harmful way to eat The benefits or harm of vegetarianism is associated with two factors education about nutritional needs coupled with food choices Even groups like athletes can thrive on a vegetarian diet if they are well educated to the bodies dietary needs and are well aware of the limit-less choices available on a vegetarian diet What follows in this essay is first a brief yet insightful look at the vegetarian diet the nutritional aspect and then an analysis of how this diet may in fact be a good choice for an athlete The first thing people need to realize is that there is more than just one type of vegetarian diet In fact there are three basic vegetarian diets to choose from The first is the lacto-ovo diet This diet includes the use of eggs and
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