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Levels of vegetarianism
A vegetarian diet is one that eliminates one or more of these food groups: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk. Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets, used by Trappists, Seventh Day Adventists and others, include milk, milk products, and eggs, but no meat, fish, or poultry. These diets are planned to be nutritionally adequate without difficulty. Lacto-vegetarian diets include milk and milk products but no eggs, meat, fish, or poultry. These diets can also be planned to be nutritionally adequate. Strict vegetarian diets (also known as vegans) include only plant foods. There are many variations of the strict vegetarian diet, some of which are nutritionally adequate when appropriately planned, while others are seriously lacking in nutrients. The Zen macrobiotic diet is a diet progressing through several stages, the last of which consists principally of brown rice. This diet, lacking in some essential amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, has resulted in severe malnutrition in persons who have adhered to it for a long period of time. Fruitarians consume diets consisting of raw and dried fruits, nuts, honey, and oil. Such diets are deficient in many nutrients.
Reasons for vegetarianism
Probably the most important reason for a vegetarian diet is that given people adopt a diet of foods that are readily available. In many parts of the world plant foods are abundant, while animal foods are scarce or expensive. In the United States vegetarianism has been adopted by many people because (1) they are concerned about the most efficient use of available land for food production, (2) they believe a vegetarian diet to be more healthful, and (3) their religious or ethical beliefs include such a diet.
The protein problem
Proteins from single plant foods do not furnish sufficient amounts of the essential amino acids to meet the needs for tissue proteins. This is especially true during periods of growth. However, plant foods differ from each other in the kinds and amounts of essential amino acids that they furnish. For example, grains are good sources of methionine but do not have sufficient lysine. Legumes are good sources of lysine, but somewhat deficient in methionine. A general rule, then, is to combine legumes in the same meal with a cereal grain. Thus, beans and corn, as used in Mexican diets, are a good meal combination that compares favorably with meat.
Other nutritional problems
Vitamin B12 occurs only in animal foods. Children raised on strict vegetarian diets will not grow properly unless their diets are supplemented with vitamin B12. When no milk is used in the diet, an adequate supply of calcium can be assured if soy milk fortified with calcium is used. Some of the green leafy vegetables are also a good source of calcium. Although an appreciable amount of iron is furnished by an abundant intake of green, leafy vegetables and whole-grain cereals, some of this iron may be poorly absorbed. The absorption of iron from these foods is improved if each meal contains a good source of ascorbic acid.

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