Following a vegetarian diet isn’t for everybody, but many people enjoy consuming lacto-ovo vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, or vegan diets. Vegetarians eat little or no foods made from animals or animal by-products. Lacto-ovo vegetarians don’t eat meat, however they do consume some animal products, such as eggs, milk, and milk products (like yogurt and cheese). People become lacto-ovo vegetarians for various reasons.
A More Liberal Vegetarian Diet
All vegetarians enjoy a diet that is rich in plant-based foods. However, lacto-ovo vegetarians eat more liberally than other types of vegetarians (lacto-vegetarians, ovo-vegetarians, and vegans), while semi-vegetarian diets are most liberal vegetarian diet. Semi-vegetarians eat all foods except red meat and lacto-ovo vegetarians consume eggs and milk but not meat. Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not milk products; lacto-vegetarians consume milk products but not eggs; and vegans do not eat any type of animal products.
Since many meats especially red meats can be high in saturated fat, following a vegetarian diet can be healthy for your heart. Many vegetarians eat high amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts which are all recommended in the DASH diet to help lower blood pressure. The DASH diet also emphasizes fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, which are included in the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet.
Since some types of meats are high in calories and saturated fat, eliminating meat from your diet can help you lose weight. Some dairy product are also high in fat, so if you’re trying to lose weight, pick low fat varieties of milk products and eat high-calorie foods in moderation.
Animals and Hormones
Meat, poultry, eggs, and milk may come from animals treated with hormones. Hormones are given to animals to help them grow and gain weight faster, or to increase production (such as milk production). Although the FDA has approved certain hormones for use in the United States, some people don’t like the idea of eating hormone-treated animals and opt to become vegetarians or purchase organic or hormone-free products.
Some people choose to become vegetarians because they don’t like the idea of animals being slaughtered or being kept in unhealthy living conditions. Although there’s no way to know for sure if the animal product you’re consuming came from an animal who was raised inhumanely, lacto-ovo vegetarians don’t eat animal products (meat, poultry, and fish) that come from killing animals .
Depending on the type and cut of meat, poultry, or fish you buy, it’s typically cheaper to go vegetarian. Although vegetarian cuisines can be pricey as well, they are typically less expensive than purchasing meats on a regular basis. Animal products consumed by lacto-ovo vegetarians such as eggs and milk are fairly inexpensive in comparison.
Some people become vegetarians due to cultural or religious beliefs. Hinduism and Buddhism are examples of religious groups that may refrain from consuming certain types of animal products.