There are many reasons why people decide to become vegetarian. Some of the conservation of the environment and animals, others for religious beliefs and others still believe love and follow a healthier diet. But what does it mean to be a vegetarian? As a general rule, a vegetarian person is defined as one who, for personal beliefs, refrains from eating meat, including poultry, beef, pork or fish.
Vegetarians can decide whether or not consume other animal products such as eggs, milk, cheese or honey. If they decide to consume such food products, are defined as lacto-ovo-vegetarian. But more radical people, who do not eat any product, they are known as vegans. Many of them even decided not to wear clothes containing animal products such as leather, wool or silk.
Healthy Vegetarian Diet
Depend on the attention you have to follow the diet. Please make sure to consume enough minerals (iron, calcium) and vitamins D and B12. By eating foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, soy, etc., You can stay healthy, but you may need a vitamin supplement. It all depends on how you follow the diet, and having your body needs.
Growth and development
When you decide and choose to impose a distinct diet to a child, is for any reason, you must first consult your doctor in order to keep some nutritional care and ensure that change does not adversely affect their growth and development. Experts say children can follow a vegetarian diet since it is not so strict. The results of some studies that compared the diets of vegetarian children, children with non-vegetarians (omnivores), conclude that ovo-lacto vegetarian diet provides an adequate physical growth and development, as with any other type of diet.