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Vegetarian Diet Types

There are many types and degrees of being a vegetarian - here are the main categories.

Vegetarian: A general, catch-all, term - often just describing someone who doesn't eat meat. Many, however, might eat fish and even 'white' meat such as chicken.

Lacto-Vegetarian: A person who excludes all animal products except dairy items.

Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian: A person who excludes all animal products except dairy products and eggs.

Ovo-Vegetarian: A person who excludes all animal products except eggs.

Raw Foodist: A person who eats fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains and legumes. Raw foodists believe cooking food destroys vital enzymes.

Vegan: A person who excludes all food that involves the death of an animal. Some include items such as honey and sugar. Many avoid animal items - such as leather, silk, wool etc in their general life.

Macrobiotic: A person who follows a vegan diet, but concentrates on lightly-cooked grains and vegetables.

Fruitarian: A person who excludes all food except raw fruit, grains and nuts - all of which can be eaten without killing the plant - so carrots are out.

Pescetarian: A person who eats fish as well as vegetables .

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