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There are several kinds of vegetarianism that range from the extremely strict Veganism to the relaxed, occasional meat consuming Flexitarian. Additionally, there are several misconceptions and misunderstandings as to what being a vegetarian means. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a vegetarian is “a person who does not eat meat” (Merriam-Webster). This loose definition can be broken down into various sub-categories depending on each person 's individual dietary needs and moral values. However, regardless of whether your reason for becoming a vegetarian is to improve your personal health or aid in ending animal abuse; there is an option for you.
First, Veganism is the strictest form of vegetarianism.” Vegans do not consume any animal
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True vegetarians are less restrained when it comes to what they eat and choose to consume some animal products. For example, lacto-vegetarians do consume dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt (Hackett). The lacto-vegetarians opposite, the ovo-vegetarians, “do not eat red or white meat, fish, fowl or dairy products” (Hackett). However, they do consume items containing eggs; such as omelets, cakes, and cookies. Finally, there are the lacto-ovo vegetarians; that follow a diet that combines the elements of lacto-vegetarianism and ovo-vegetarianism. As a result, lacto-ovo vegetarians eat both dairy and egg products (Hackett). “This is the most common type of vegetarian” (Hackett). In comparison to vegans, true vegetarians purchase and use animal by-products just as any meat eater would. These types of vegetarians mainly aim to improve their health by swapping their hamburgers for salads. When more leafy greens are consumed, the body obtains a major boost in magnesium; which aids in the absorption of calcium (57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan). True vegetarians typically choose this diet because it allows much more freedom than veganism while also allowing them to participate in ending animal slaughter as all of the animal products they consume do not result in an animal 's

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