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Ovo-Vegetarian Diets

by Owen Pearson Google


A vegetarian diet is typically associated with the consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains, but not with the consumption of animal products. However, there are several types of vegetarian diets. Some of these diets, referred to as ovo-vegetarian diets, include eggs. Ovo-vegetarians use eggs as sources of protein, vitamin B12, sulfur and other nutrients.

Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian Diet

According to the California Childcare Health Program website, an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products. Like other types of vegetarian diets, it also includes lean proteins such as tofu, beans, tempeh, seitan and textured vegetable protein. It also includes all types of plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and sea vegetables. Sea vegetables are plant-based foods, such as kelp and kombu, that grow underwater. An ovo-lacto vegetarian diet does not include meats such as fish, beef, pork, poultry or wild game.

Pescetarian Diet

A pescetarian diet, like other types of vegetarian diets, relies primarily on plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains. It may also include eggs and dairy products. However, unlike other vegetarian diets, it includes shellfish, mollusks and fish, according to the Pescetarian Life website. This type of vegetarian diet does not include land animals such as pork, beef or poultry. A pescetarian diet may serve as a transition to a vegan or meatless vegetarian diet. A vegan diet excludes all types of meat, as well as dairy products, eggs, gelatin and honey.

Semi-Vegetarian Diet

A semi-vegetarian diet permits the consumption of eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream. It also includes foods derived from plant sources, according to the California Childcare Health Program website. Like the pescetarian diet, the semi-vegetarian diet permits the consumption of fish and shellfish. It also includes poultry, such as chicken and turkey. Some semi-vegetarians limit consumption of poultry and fish, but do not exclude them entirely. This type of ovo-vegetarian diet is often used to transition to a pure ovo-vegetarian or vegan diet.

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