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Vegetarians are people who refrain from eating meat, fish, and poultry. Reasons for doing so range from person to person. For some, becoming vegetarian is due to a love of animals. However, others are driven by health concerns.

Veganism is a more extreme version of vegetarianism. Vegans cut out meat, fish, and poultry out of their diet, as well as all other animal products, including eggs and dairy. The reasoning behind this is basically the same as vegetarians. There are also vegans who have allergies and intolerances that sway their decision to veganism.

 

Pros of Vegetarianism:

  • Since they cut out animal fat, vegetarians tend to have lower cholesterol.
  • Most vegetarian diets consist of foods containing antioxidants, which lowers their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Vegetarians usually have a lower risk of obesity.
  • Vegetarians and vegans are at the lowest risk for cataracts.
 

Cons of Vegetarianism:

  • You are at risk for iron deficiency.  The iron that comes from animal products absorbs better than the type found in plants. .
  • Meat is a main source of protein for most people. Some vegetarians may have trouble finding a good source of protein without it.
  • Some people go vegetarian just for the health benefits. You have to know that not every vegetarian option is healthy. Fritos are a vegetarian food.
  • Vegetarians do not live longer than anyone else. Some people assume that because they eat healthier, they have a chance of living longer. This is not true.

 

Pros of veganism:

  • Since foods like whole grains, fruit, vegetables, beans, peas, and nuts make up larger portions of their diets, they can add more to their daily nutrients intake.
  • Studies have shown that a vegan diet can lead to more weight loss than a controlled diets.
  • Like vegetarians, vegan diets have been linked to lower risks of heart disease.
  • The consumption of vitamins E and A from vegetables along with nuts can have a really positive effect on the health of your skin.
 

Cons of veganism:

  • Dining out can be very difficult for both vegans and vegetarians but vegans have it harder. Finding a meal that doesn’t include meat as well as any other animal derived products is rare.
  • Since they cannot get Calcium from an animal product like milk they must get it from dark leafy greens or soy products. As you can guess eating enough of at least one of the two can be a challenge.
  • Vitamin B-12 supplements are usually needed by vegans because this vitamin is usually found in animal products.
  • Like vegetarians, vegans can also have problems with iron deficiency and lack of protein.

 

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