What is a vegetarian diet?

There are a few variants to a vegetarian diet, but avoiding eating meat is the essential component.

Vegan. Vegans abstain from eating any animal products, including dairy, eggs, fish, poultry, and honey.

Lacto-vegetarian. People following this diet will incorporate dairy products in their meals instead of meat, poultry, fish, or eggs.

Vegetarian, lacto-ovo. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet allows you to consume dairy products and eggs but excludes meat, poultry, and fish.

A vegetarian diet is rather limiting, so you need to make sure you're getting enough of the nutrients you need,

which are easier to acquire from animal sources. Examples of these nutrients are calcium and vitamin B12.

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