Contrasts of Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Diets- Pick Accordingly
The world is on a shift and an increasing number of people are turning vegan. While people are turning vegetarian, it does not mean at all that non-vegetarians are on the downslope. Arguments come running like a mad bull when someone from either of the two groups comments on the food preference of the other. There are significant disparities among the nutritional intake of the two groups that one should be aware of to adopt a diet that is appropriate for a healthy body and mind. There are certain nutritional benefits that are derived better from animal-derived food, while the others that are abundant in a vegetarian diet.
However, your nutritional intake depends largely on what kind of vegetarian or non-vegetarian you are. If you have been of an opinion that you can be either vegan or non-vegan, let us spill the beans and educate you about the different categories of consumers there are. It begins with
Vegetarians: who are strictly alive on a plant diet, nothing else. Not even dairy products or any food derived from animals (even honey).
Lacto Vegetarian: These are the ones who stick to plant diet strictly but consume dairy products.
Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: Lacto vegetarians who allow eggs to intrude in their diet.
Non Vegetarians: The one who would rather have animal-derived food in their diet than anything else in the world.
Another category that experts suggest is favorable for maintaining appropriate nutritional balance in the body is flexitarians who are technically vegans but incorporate meat in their diet occasionally.
Its time to draw a comparison among the nutritional values delivered by different kind of diets to the consumer that may help you to decide, whether being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian assist you.
The Vegan Diet
Hello, to all the nature lovers out there. We know you love bolting down all that is herbal and maintain a hand’s distance from all that is procured from a living being but here is something that you needs to know about your diet. Being vegan is good and very beneficial but there are fringe failures associated with the practice. A vegetarian diet is rich in fibers due to fruits and vegetables which reduces the risk of chronic disease to a great extent. Similarly, herbivores have a stable sugar level in the body due to which diseases like diabetes have fewer chances to mark their presence. Another significant advantage of going vegan is reduced chances of metabolism disorders and cardiovascular diseases.
However, a strict plant diet may result in the deficiency of certain nutrients that can only be derived or more efficiently be derived only from the non-vegetarian diet like vitamin B12 and D, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. That’s why nutritionists suggest adopting a flexitarian diet plan that inculcated meat consumption to derive nutrients missing in herbivore diet.
But if you don’t want to introduce even an iota of non-vegetarian contents into your food than its wise to increase the quantity of food consumed since there is no other way of extracting a good amount of nutrients.
If you are a non-vegetarian, chances are that you might have been slammed with a ‘do you know what is there inside it?’ every time you are devouring on meat. Well, your answer should be, ‘plenty of nutrition’.
A balanced and well-planned consumption of non-vegetarian diet can prove to be very healthy. As discussed above, there are certain nutrients that can only be found in animal-derived food. The major one in the list is vitamin B12 which has numerous essential roles to play in our body. Vitamin B12 helps in the formation of new red blood cells, strengthens bones and muscles, prevents birth defects, and improves mood thus helping to cope up with depression. Iron is another necessary nutrient that is best derived from a non-vegetarian diet. Iron comes in two forms, heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron is the one that is easy to be absorbed by the body directly while non-heme iron is difficult to be absorbed by the human body. Animal-derived food is rich in heme iron thus making the body rich in iron. Similarly, calcium and zinc are hardly found in plant diet.
Non-vegetarian diet might be high in protein content but the excess quantity of fatty acids may lead to cardiovascular diseases and obesity. The cholesterol level is also high in such a diet.
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