By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:53:39 PM.
There are several variations and definitions to distinguish between when talking about vegetarianism. Here are the most common types of vegetarian diets: A “strictly” vegetarian diet consists of plant-based foods, but may also include eggs and dairy. Typically no fish or meat of any kind will be included. When eggs and dairy products are included, it’s called an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet (hence the name ovo, as in “ovum,” and lacto, as in “lactation”). Pescatarian diets include fish and seafood along with a variety of plant foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, beans, etc.). Most also include eggs and dairy but no poultry, beef or red meat, although it depends on the individual.
When meat is cooked at high temperatures, certain chemical compounds called heterocyclic amines can be created that may have carcinogenic effects. Recently published research has pointed to a link between consumption of highly processed meat products and higher risk for cancer. The higher the cooking temperature of meat, the greater chance of these byproducts being created. Additionally, vegetarian diets eliminate processed meats, which are also considered carcinogenic. These include foods like packaged cold cuts, hot dogs, salami and cured meats. On the other hand, plant-based proteins offer amino acids (the specific types and amount differs from food to food) in addition to fiber and antioxidants, but without the carcinogenic effects.
"Raw foodists” believe that because raw plant foods contain bio-photons, or “sun stored energy,” they contribute to important processes in the body. If your diet provides adequate calories overall and is balanced, then the more bio-photons you consume the more you should experience having higher levels of energy and improved moods.