Vegetarianism is a nutrition that only plant foods should be eaten, which means that a person who is a vegetarian for ethical, religious, aesthetic, environmental, health-based or other reasons not taking animal products (some exceptions may be made for products that can be obtained from live animals ).Â These events often seen sponge as a vegetarian food product, even though it belongs biologically fungi kingdom and not the plant kingdom.Â The concept of vegetarianism refers mainly diet but it is not unusual for a vegetarian also choose to refrain from using animal products such as leather, fur and wool.Â Vegetarianism was coined in 1847 at a meeting of the first Association of vegetarians in Rams gate, England.Â The word is formed from the Latin vegetable i.e. vegetables.
10 Facts about Vegetarianism You Donâ€™t Know
That said, here are ten facts you may not know about vegetarianism already!
1) Â One of theÂ firstÂ and mostÂ famousÂ vegetarians was the Greek philosopher and mathematicianÂ PythagorasÂ (best known for the Pythagorean Theorem), who livedÂ 580 yearsÂ before Christ.Â The term “Pythagorean diet” is usually used for aÂ plant-based dietÂ until the term “vegetarian” was coined in theÂ 1800sÂ .
2) Â For one to understand better what vegetarianism is all about, one must understand that there areÂ several typesÂ of vegetarians.Â The most strict type is calledÂ vegansÂ .Vegans avoid not only meat but alsoÂ all theÂ products that come from animals.
3) Â The wordÂ veganÂ is derived from a vegetarian.Â It was first used inÂ 1944Â whenÂ Elsie ShrigleyÂ andÂ Donald WatsonÂ thought it was part of manyÂ animal by-productsÂ and the absence of a completely plant-based diet in products found inÂ grocery stores.
4) Â People become vegetarians by a plethora of differentÂ reasons;Â partly because of health, political, environmental, cultural, aesthetic and even economic reasons.Â But the most commonÂ cause is based on the ethical objections toÂ cruelty to animalsÂ .
5)Â Scientific studies haveÂ repeatedlyÂ shown that a vegetarian diet increases the bodyâ€™s metabolism, helping the body to burnÂ fatÂ andÂ caloriesÂ up to 16% faster than those who eatÂ meatÂ during a daily basis.
6) Â â€œThe China StudyÂ ” is a book that was based on aÂ twenty-year studyÂ that compared the mortality ofÂ carnivoresÂ andÂ vegetarians.Â According to the book were residents of countries who ate more meat more likely to haveÂ higher mortality ratesÂ of “Western diseases”, while those who ate more plant food wasÂ healthier.
7) Â Unfortunately for vegetarians areÂ vitamin B12 isÂ one of the few nutrients that come onlyÂ from animal sources.Â Research has shown that a lack of vitamin B12 can lead to osteoporosis.
8) Â Contrary to popular belief, many studies have shown that vegetarians have only slightly lowerÂ protein intake than those who eat meat.Â The same study confirms that the vegetarian diet provides enoughÂ proteinÂ if they contain a varietyÂ ofÂ plant sources.
9) Â Benjamin FranklinÂ was one of the first and most famousÂ American vegetarian, and he was the one who introducedÂ tofuÂ to the country during the 1770s. Unfortunately for the vegetarian society, he became in later yearsÂ once again carnivore.
10) Â A British study has shown that vegetarian men are seen asÂ less masculineÂ andÂ machoÂ than those who eat meat, even in the eyes of vegetarian women.Â Dr. Steven Heine, University of British Columbia, told the magazine ‘Â Appetite JournalÂ “that meat and men have always goneÂ hand in hand.