The Lacto Vegetarian Diet

The lacto vegetarian diet helps you to lower cholesterol levels by avoiding meat and eggs. The diet originated in India as a result of religious beliefs, and is very popular among the faiths of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

The Premise

Hindus believe that all forms of life are equally important to God, and therefore we should not take the life of another animal in order to eat the meat. Eggs are also avoided as they contain a future life. The lacto vegetarian diet is also favored among environmentalists as it takes far less energy and land to produce fruits and vegetables than to produce meat.

The Diet

The lacto vegetarian diet encourages you to consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, legumes, whole grains and nuts and seeds. All animal products except for milk and milk products are eliminated from the diet. This includes all meats, poultry, fish and eggs. Additionally, you should avoid any yogurts which contain gelatin as well as cheese that contains animal rennet.

Meat lovers who have a hard time letting go of meat can purchase tofu dogs and soy burgers that have a similar texture and taste similar to meat.

The lacto vegetarian diet helps you to cut out a lot of dietary cholesterol which contributes to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The diet can help you to obtain a lower body weight, and overall look and feel healthier. The diet is able to provide you with all essential nutrients when you correctly plan your meals. It is suitable for just about anyone, including pregnant and nursing mothers as well as young children and teenager.

Potential Drawbacks

It may sound easy to eliminate the animal products from the diet, but there is more to it than that, because when meals are not planned correctly you could end up with a nutritional deficiency. You need to take extra steps when planning your meals to ensure that you are getting all your essential nutrients.

You will need to replace your meats and eggs with plenty of legumes, nuts and dark, leafy vegetables in order to obtain your protein and iron. In addition to eating foods that are high in iron you should consume plenty of strawberries, citrus fruits and other foods that are high in vitamin C to help your body absorb the iron better.

Your omega fatty acids can be obtained by consuming plenty of nuts and seeds, as well as avocados. Zinc is also found in nuts, as well as in whole grains, soy products, and wheat germ. Vitamin B12 is found in milk, and on top of that, if you eat plenty of raw foods your stomach will have the necessary enzymes to produce its own. However, you should still keep a close eye on your vitamin intake, as you may need to take certain supplements.

Verdict

The lacto vegetarian diet is a diet that you can make a permanent part of your life, provided you carefully plan your meals to ensure you are getting all the necessary nutrients which your body needs in order to function properly. 

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