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Alternate Names : Strict Vegetarian OR Vegan, Ovo-Vegetarian, Lacto-Vegetarian, Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, Pesco-Vegetarian, Semi-Vegetarian

Vegetarianism | Functions and Sources

How does the nutrient affect the body?

People have many motivations for choosing a vegetarian diet. These may include ethical, religious, environmental and personal health reasons. A plant-based diet that is built around a wide variety of foods can be a healthy choice for many people. People with chronic conditions such as heart disease and some types of cancer may benefit from a vegetarian diet. It can also be a good choice for people who want to lose weight.

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Vegetarianism: Overview & Description


Author: Clare Armstrong, MS, RD
Reviewer: Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD, LD
Date Reviewed: 05/04/01

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