Top Ten Interesting Vegetarian Facts
Over the years, the number of people switching to a vegetarian diet has increased so we wanted to provide some interesting vegetarian facts you may not have know. Most people have a good idea of what this type of lifestyle involves but many fascinating aspects of a diet without meat remain unknown. As you will learn in this article, eating vegetarians is unique, healthy, and intriguing.
One of the vegetarian facts is that there are different levels of this diet and many ways in which foods can and cannot be eaten. For instance, a vegetarian eats fish and dairy products whereby a vegan eats no fish and no dairy products. The vegan diet is very strict. In fact, people that live by this diet do not even eat honey because for honey to be made, bees lose lives. Vegans support animal life in all forms so if anything involves an animal being harmed or killed, they would not eat it. This means even foods with small traces of animal products would be forbidden.
Traditionally, the vegetarian lifestyle was associated with people from ancient India and in fact, some 70% of vegetarians in the world are Indians.
In 1847, the first vegetarian society was established in England with the goal of proving to people that it was possible to live on diets without meat and still be healthy.
Eating a diet without meat is often done to support a healthy environment. Because crops are grown to feed cattle, chickens, pigs, and other animals used for food, the United States uses approximately 80% of its land for animal crops and animal water supply.
The true form of vegetarianism is Fruitarianism, which was a term used in the movie “Notting Hill”. This type of diet consists of only seeds, nuts, and fruits but only if the plant producing the food was not harmed or killed.
A new study from Britain shows that a child’s IQ level is a good predictor of whether he or she will become a vegetarian in adulthood. This means that the higher intelligent level of the child the more he or she would be opposed to eating meat.
Vegetarian facts cover religious purposes for this diet too. In some instances, Rastafarian and Hare Krishna followers are true vegetarians.
Each type of vegetarian diet is categorized by the amount of meat excluded. As an example, a Pesco Vegetarian diet allows for the consumption of fish, eggs, and dairy products, a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian allows just eggs and dairy products, the Ovo Vegetarian diet only allows eggs, and then the Vegan diet excludes all meat, dairy products, and foods derived from animals products.
Numerous health benefits are associated with the vegetarian lifestyle to include improved sensuality, lower cholesterol, improved sleep, and so on.
The last of the vegetarian facts is that many famous people live this lifestyle. Some of the better known include Ozzy Osborne, Brad Pitt, Alicia Silverstone, Pamela Anderson, Vanessa Williams, Paula Abdul, Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz, and many more to include people from history such as Leonardo di Vinci and Albert Einstein.