“Using a balanced, plant-based diet, I have dramatically reduced risk factors for heart disease in countless patients.” ~ Dr. Terry Shintani, MD, JD, MPH
Did you know there were different versions of the vegan and vegetarian diets? There are three types of vegan diets and five types of vegetarian diets. Understanding the differences can help you make an informed decision about how to transition or if transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle is right for you.
1. Vegans only eat plant foods with no dairy, eggs or other foods of animal origin.
2. Raw Vegans eat unprocessed vegan foods, not heated above 115 degrees (Fahrenheit).
3. Macrobiotic Vegans eat unprocessed vegan foods and occasionally, fish.
1. Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh; do eat eggs and dairy products.
2. Ovo-Vegetarians do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, animal flesh or eggs; do eat dairy products.
3. Lacto-Vegetarians do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, animal flesh or dairy products; do eat eggs.
4. Pescatarians do not eat red meat or poultry; do eat fish; may or may not eat dairy products or eggs.
5. Flexitarians/Semi-Vegetarians eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat.
People usually choose a plant-based diet for environmental, ethical or health reasons. The many benefits include easier digestion and more dietary fiber. Learn more about the health and wellness benefits of plant-based living in LEAD Yourself to Optimum Health with Plant-Based Nutrition (click here).
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet.