Vegetarian Food Facts You Did Not Know

17December 2021

Despite the rise in popularity of vegetarianism, there are bound to be vegetarian food facts you did not know. And that’s what gets covered in this article from our Vegetarian Food Focus: First Look Series.

In this article, I include vegetarian food facts, reasons for vegetarianism, a list of benefits, and resources.

Where In Wembley Can I Enjoy Great Vegetarian Food?

Introduction – Vegetarian Facts

There are many different types of vegetarians – some eat fish or fish products but not meat, others won’t eat any animal or even animal products like milk or eggs.

The word ‘vegan‘ is often used to describe a stricter form of vegetarianism that doesn’t eat animal products. 

Some people follow a vegan diet in their everyday life, whereas others choose to be vegans only when eating out or with friends and family.

Q. What is the difference between Lacto-vegetarian, Ovo-vegetarian and Vegan? 

    • Lacto-vegetarians eats dairy products and neither do they eat eggs.
    • An ovo-vegetarian eats eggs but not dairy products.
    • A vegan doesn’t eat anything from animals.

Q. How Do I Become a Vegetarian? 

A. First of all, if you choose to be a vegetarian for health or environmental reasons, there is no switch to turn off and on again – being a healthy or environmentally friendly vegetarian is a way of life. 

The best thing to do is begin slowly, by taking meat out of your diet one day a week and then reducing the number until you get used to not having it at all. You don’t have to go cold turkey!

Q. Why Become a Vegetarian?

1) Do It For Your Health

A vegetarian diet can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and increase resistance to infection. Vegans have the highest intakes of dietary fibre, folate, vitamins C, E, carotenoids and minerals compared with meat-eaters. Vegetarians are unlikely to be overweight.

2) Do It For The Environment

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock rearing is considered one of the most significant contributors to today’s unprecedented loss of species. 

Every day, we see large tracts of forests cleared so that more and more animals can be farmed and killed.

3) Do It For The Animals

Over 70 billion farmed land animals are killed every year by humans for their meat, and many more die in the oceans. Animal agriculture is also one of the greatest threats to wildlife, as our natural habit is destroyed to make way for farmland. 

The main reason animals are farmed in such high numbers is the high profitability of the meat, dairy and egg industries.

While only a few animals are necessary for human survival (we can get all our protein needs from plant-based foods), animals are bred purely to be eaten. 

This is not their purpose in nature, where they live on average 5 or 6 years; farmed animals suffer abuse, starvation and disease as a normal part of their lives.

Not only do the animals suffer, but also those involved in bringing them to your table. Factory farm workers get exposed to dangerous chemicals and work hours hazardous for low pay. 

Many countries have abysmal animal welfare laws, which make it difficult for you to find out how the animals get treated on the farm. In the UK, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 states that an animal is not to be caused unnecessary suffering but also says it is legal to rear and kill an animal for food.

Going vegetarian will help you to avoid supporting factory farms and slaughterhouses. You can enjoy a varied diet without having to worry about where your food comes from, and the animals themselves will be saved from a lifetime of suffering.

There are hundreds of reasons to become vegetarian, but if you need more help or motivation, there are many informational sites available on the internet. You can find many more resources on The Vegetarian Society website.

Vegetarians often point out that being vegetarian is not about being perfect but rather about doing your best. So,  if you slip up sometimes take a deep breath and carry on.

In fact, it may be a good thing to have an ‘ace in the hole’ when going to dinner with non-vegetarians – most people are pleasantly surprised by great food that doesn’t contain meat.

Q. I’m ready, how do I get started?

There are lots of ways you can start to avoid eating meat or other animal products, including:

1- Take away: Take out is one of the easiest ways to eat without meat. Ordering from your local Chinese, Indian or Italian restaurant are all great options for tasty food that’s easy to order. You can even get takeaway pizzas without cheese!

2- Meatless meats: Perhaps you don’t want to give up eating meat but would love a little less in your diet? Meatless meats from companies such as Quorn and Linda McCartney’s offer great-tasting alternatives to the real thing, so you won’t have to feel like you’re missing out.

3- Milk and cheese: Milk and cheese are easy to replace with alternatives such as soy or rice milk, and many vegan kinds of cheese don’t contain animal rennet (enzymes used for separating solid milk particles from the water in the milk).

The Vegetarian Society have a list of all the UK supermarkets where you can find them, especially if looking for your first Christmas without meat.

Where In Wembley Can I Enjoy Great Vegetarian Food?

Be sure to let us know what you think and how you feel in the comments below.

Don Mc Donald

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Promote Your Food-Related Business Featured Here!

Click the Contact Us button to learn how to feature your business prominently.  Your visitors deserve to know!