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Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet?

Jainism: Jainism preaches vegetarianism and Jains follow an almost-vegan diet (but eat yogurt and curd cheese). Jain monks leave the rest of the food if they see a strand of hair in their plate ...
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Why are a lot of beer and wines non-vegetarian?

From the searchable "is your booze vegan" directory Barnivore website: It might seem weird at first, but your favourite drink might have more than just alcohol in it. Brewmasters, winemakers,...
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Are meat substitutes necessary for a vegetarian lifestyle?

No, these fake meats are not necessary for a good vegetarian diet. In my opinion, they are mostly not tasty, fatty and not healthy. Also, heavily processed food, like they often are, reduces the ...
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Reasons why a Vegetarian/Vegan would eat a meat-substitute food

(icluding vegans when I speak of vegetarians) There is no contradiction between being vegetarian and liking the flavor/texture of meat. There are many reasons for stopping to eat meat, only one of ...
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Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet?

Not a religion, but a philosophy, the Taoist I didn't know until today when I got this answer Reasons for being vegetarian or vegan other than ethical reasons? As stated in Wikipedia Taoist ...
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Is the 2014 study saying vegetarian diet is worse than an omnivorous one, still valid?

The study is still "valid" in the sense that PLOS One has not retracted the publication. This means the work was done in good faith and the methodology is acceptable, but it does not necessarily mean ...
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Is it safe to feed children a vegetarian diet?

A very good article regarding vegetarian eating for children and adolescents, from a medical source can be found here. It is quite long and covers the main problems related to possible nutritional ...
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Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet?

Vegetarianism and religion are strongly linked in a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism). In Jainism vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone, in ...
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What do you call an almost vegetarian diet that includes honey and insects, but excludes milk and eggs?

If you really want a word for this, I'll make one up for you. Call it entomophagous vegan. Entomophagous is the adjective for eating insects. You can also say plant and insect based diet. But there ...
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Which country has the highest number of vegetarians?

Luckily, Wikipedia has a page called Vegetarianism by country which has a table listing data for 38 countries. Sorted by percentage: India: 31% (375,000,000 people, 2014) [no surprise here] Brazil: ...
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Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet?

One Christian denomination that promotes vegetarianism is the Seventh-Day Adventist church. According to the LA Times, studies have found that Seventh-Day Adventists live up to ten years longer on ...
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Do any major religions promote or require a vegetarian diet?

Jains are vegetarian. Their diet also excludes various vegetables such as potatoes, eggplants (aubergines), onions and garlic. Some Jains also exclude all root vegetables from their diet. They are ...
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Relationship between vegetarianism and global warming

There is an Oxford University study on the Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK it concludes that ...an average 2,000 kcal high meat diet ...
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How I can I convince my (Moroccan) family it's OK to go vegetarian?

there is a saying in India which says "iron cuts the iron". Similarly, good food can replace good food. By cooking good veg dishes , you can make room for veg food on the dinner table. You don't even ...
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Are there any famous world leaders (politics, religion) who are vegan/vegetarian?

The following politicians are listed on this List of vegetarians on Wikipedia: Hilary Benn, Cory Booker, Wouter Bos, Fenner Brockway, Kathalijne Buitenweg, Jeremy Corbyn, Stafford Cripps, Morarji ...
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Are there any famous world leaders (politics, religion) who are vegan/vegetarian?

Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India is vegetarian http://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/narendra-modi-baba-ramdev-others-preach-vegetarianism-but-what-is-the-meat-consumption-reality-in-india/...
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Is the human body naturally made for a vegetarian diet?

This is hard to answer objectively. Especially when dealing with the "natural" concept. According to this Nature article, human evolution was significantly helped by eating meat. More specifically, ...
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Would vegetarians eat an animal that died of natural causes?

Another factor is disgust. When you are used to not eating animals, it becomes difficult to see animals as food, even if you did eat them at some previous time. I do not even walk in the "meat" aisle ...
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What are the health benefits of vegetarianism?

I gave an answer on Health Stack Exchange. Maybe it's worth quoting it here: This subject is very broad and a detailed answer would require to be a whole book. Shortly I can say that vegetarians ...
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Are vegetarian and vegan micronutrient needs the same as traditional diets?

The matter is vast, so it's difficult to give a complete answer. I start a community wiki and I hope more participants to improve my answer. Iron requirements The American Dietetic Association's "...
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What are the top causes of death for vegetarians?

Definitely an interesting question. I will try to answer it using list of causes of death from Wikipedia (the table contains rather old data, but it has improved readability over the newer one ...
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What are the top causes of death for vegetarians?

Some studies have been conducted on this topic. The "top ten" is roughly the same for meat-eaters. However, since cardiovascular diseases have a much lower impact, malignant neoplasms get to be the ...
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Are vegetarian and vegan macronutrient needs the same as in traditional diets?

I think there are no studies yet on this topic (if someone finds something I would be happy to read them). Macronutrient needs are simply statistics collected for a big number of people over several ...
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Are meat substitutes necessary for a vegetarian lifestyle?

There are a lot of companies that make vegetable patties (that look like burgers) but do not have the "taste like meat" effect. Dr. Praegers and Hilary's are two I've tried. You can also ...
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How much is a person's greenhouse gas footprint reduced by eating vegetarian?

See this article: The carbon footprint of 5 diets compared - shrinkthatfootprint.com It suggests that the average person produces 2.5 CO2e a year while a vegetarian only produces 1.7 CO2e a year, and ...
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Would vegetarians eat an animal that died of natural causes?

I am an “ethical vegan”; consequently I don’t eat animals or animal products, the same way one wouldn’t eat a person who had committed suicide or died of natural causes. You wouldn’t leave them to be ...
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How can I become vegetarian/vegan when I have allergies to many fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and spices?

With such a long list of allergies, you should seek professional advice rather than hope to find it on the internet. Certainly, this long list of allergies will mean that becoming vegetarian or ...
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Which country has the highest number of vegetarians?

India. Explanation: People are born vegetarian here, I have myself never eaten meat or egg for that matter, cow or buffalo milk is fine. I believe this is tied to Hinduism which is the prominent ...
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Can a vegetarian diet help prevent recurrence of heart attack?

Disclaimer: This answer does not rely on my own experience with veganism but only on what I found in the literature. TL;DR to be found in the conclusion section. Preamble Heart attack is a broad term ...
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