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Introduction You are what you eat goes a famous saying And if that were truly the case then a lot of Americans would appear to be unhealthy chemically treated commercially raised slabs of animal flesh And while that is not a particularly pleasant thought it is nonetheless a description of the typical American omnivore who survives on the consumption of Big Macs and pizzas But there are individuals who do not follow this American norm and have altered their diets so that they do not consume any meat These people are vegetarians and they are the new breed of healthy Americans who refuse to poison themselves with fats cholesterol and the other harmful additives that come from meat And while once thought to be a movement that would never gain much momentum it has nonetheless moved itself to the forefront of Americans healthy diets The vegetarian diet is becoming increasingly popular all the time Is the vegetarian or meat diet better First we have to define what is a vegetarian diet In the widest sense of the word a vegetarian diet is a diet that is made up of grains vegetables and fruit but does not include any animal flesh such as fish pork poultry or beef But beyond these standards there are many variations of diet that occur within the world of vegetarianism The first and most prominent category of vegetarianism is a lacto-ovo vegetarian Mark Messina describes a lact-ovo diet as a vegetarian diet that includes dairy products and eggs but no animal flesh This means that there is consumption of animal byproducts such as milk eggs or honey but there is no consumption of animal flesh Another variation is the lacto-vegetarian diet that allows the consumption of milk and other milk products but does not include the consumption of eggs And like all vegetarians these two groups do not consume fish poultry or meat Another category that vegetarians can
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