Vegetarian - Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism originally refers to a way of eating and living in which, in addition to food of plant origin, only products derived from living animals are consumed or used. In practice, vegetarianism has numerous facets of implementation. Common to all vegetarian diets is the avoidance of foods derived from killed animals, such as meat and fish. Differences are seen in the inclusion of foods derived from living animals, such as eggs, milk and honey. In veganism, all food and consumer goods of animal origin are avoided.

Vegetarianism is not limited to vegetarian cuisine, but is also understood as a worldview and alternative way of life. This usually involves an increased striving for health or ethical ideals. The proportion of vegetarians in the total population is typically in the single-digit percentage range in the western world.

There are different types of vegetarianism. The best known types are:


  • Ovo-vegetarians do not eat meat, fish or dairy products. However, they do eat eggs.
  • Lacto-vegetarians do not eat meat, fish and eggs, but do eat dairy products.
  • Ovo-lacto-vegetarians do not eat meat and fish, but do eat eggs and dairy products.
  • Ovo-lacto-pisce vegetarians are an extension of ovo-lacto vegetarians - but they still eat fish.

Further information: Wikipedia "Vegetarianism"