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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 feeling the meal is contaminated. The reason behind this is the tenet of non-violence. Buddhism: The First Precept prohibits Buddhists from killing people or ...


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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, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or they might use them in the processing and filtration. When making the ...


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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 deficiencies: protein, Cobalamin (B12), Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin D, Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It also covers possible growth and Development Issues. Short answer ...


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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 the results should be accepted as truth. To assess validity of the study we should look at comments and criticisms. Because of the significant media attention, ...


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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 Hinduism and Buddhism it is advocated by some influential scriptures and religion authorities. Comparatively, within the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, ...


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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 religious orders and literatures often encourage practitioners to be vegan to minimize harms, because all life forms are considered sentient. Taoist levels of ...


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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 is no mainstream word for the diet you describe at least in the US or Australia. I symphathise with you as I have a very complicated diet (vegetarian with the ...


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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 positive effect a vegetarian diet has on the planet. There are tons of great vegetarian bbq recipes in the net. I especially recommend stuffed mushrooms or ...


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(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 them is not liking it. For example, for someone who became vegetarian for ethical reasons, meat might even be their favorite food, but they consider their ...


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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 average, due in part to their adherence to a vegetarian diet.


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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 had 2.5 times as many GHG (higher greenhouse gas) emissions than an average 2,000 kcal vegan diet. It concludes that moving from a high meat diet to a ...


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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 have to cook, you can order from nearby Indian or italian restaurants as they usually have variety of veg options. There are umpteen recipes for veg dishes. ...


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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: 14% (29,260,000 people, 2018) Switzerland: 14% (1,176,156 people, 2017) Taiwan: 14% (3,297,011 people, 2015–2017) Israel: 13% (1,046,000 people, 2015) New ...


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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, this helped sustaining the more and more energy required by larger brain and body: The origins of the genus Homo are murky, but by H. erectus, bigger brains ...


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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 not generally vegan however Jains eat cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products, rice, bread, lentils and most vegetables and fruit that do not fall into the ...


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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 Desai, Dion Graus, Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler, Jens Holm, Ewout Irrgang, James Johnston, Niko Koffeman, Attje Kuiken, Tzipi Livni, ...


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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/427614/


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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 and vegans have lower rates of mortality (both by ischemic heart disease and total) (1-3) and lower incidence rates of diabetes (4) and cancer (5,6). ...


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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 "Position on vegetarian diets" suggests to increase iron consumption: Because of lower bioavailability of iron from a vegetarian diet, the recommended iron ...


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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 provided here). Short answer: No major changes are to expected in the top causes of death, except for the first two major causes: Cardiovascular diseases and ...


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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 first cause of death, at least in this study. You might enjoy reading some articles on the topic: Thorogood M, Mann J, Appleby P, McPherson K. Risk of death ...


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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 if I go to the supermarket, because it makes me feel sick. My parents became vegetarian 2.5 and 1.5 years ago, and they now feel the same total revulsion at ...


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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 years. The real need of macronutrients is different for every person, the tables just show averages based on gender / country / age. In general, a diet can ...


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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 vegans produce 1.5 CO2e a year. Apparently, 18% of global carbon emissions come from livestock


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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 scavenged by others; you would perform whatever Death Rites are appropriate. Ultimately, it’s about respect for all life and each creature's inherent value.


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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 vegan will be a significant challenge. Vegetarian may be a sensible starting point or compromise. You have not mentioned eggs and milk in your list of ...


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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 religion in India. To start not being a vegetarian can be more challenging than being vegetarian. But slowly younger generations seem to be breaking this trend to ...


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Yes, it is safe to feed your children the vegetarian diet. I have grown up as a vegetarian. Most of the meals would include Stir-fried vegetables Freshly made Chapati/Indian bread (from the wheat/chickpea/Bajra, Jowar and Soya ground into flour at home) Enough pulses or lentils (Yellow pigeon lentil, Green gram, red lentils to name a few) Beans (Mung beans, ...


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Lent Christians are not typically required to practice vegetarianism, as mentioned in SS.'s answer However, some Christians do practice temporary vegetarianism during Lent, the period of ~40 days between Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) and Easter Sunday. During this period, Jesus is believed to have fasted in the desert and been tempted by the Devil. Many ...


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