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What Makes A Vegetarian?

Vegetarians differ in degree, just as they differ in their reasons for adopting a vegetarian lifestyle.

  • Partial or semi-vegetarians avoid some but not all animal products. They may eat chicken or fish and dairy products but no meat. Some eat fish but no poultry.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat eggs and dairy products but avoid all flesh—they avoid “food with a face;” lactovegetarians don’t eat eggs.
  • Vegans follow a strict diet that excludes all foods derived from animals, including eggs and dairy products.
  • Fruitarians eat only fruit, nuts and seeds, honey, whole grains, and olive oil.
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