Vegetarianism is a dietary choice where people avoid consuming meat, poultry, and fish, but may include dairy products and eggs. Veganism is a stricter form of vegetarianism, where individuals avoid all animal products including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, and other animal-derived ingredients.
Adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet can have many health benefits, such as lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. It can also help with weight management and improve digestion.
However, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin B12, that may be found in higher amounts in animal products. These can be obtained through a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet by consuming plant-based sources of these nutrients or by taking supplements.