Vegetarianism and other special diets
Why are people vegetarian?
Moral grounds - Killing of animals
Vegetarians do not necessarily want healthier food that meat eaters and there is a tendency to confuse the "Wholefooder" with the vegetarian. The general assumption is the vegetarian is more concerned about eating over-refined foods than the average meat eater. This is probably a misconception formed by the hospitality industry. The main concern should be to produce good tasting food without using meat or animal product content.
Types of vegetarianism
- will not eat meat or meat products
- will eat milk, dairy produce and eggs.
Lacto - vegetarian
eat milk & dairy products but not eggs
Ovo - vegetarian
includes eggs but not dairy products
do not eat any meat, dairy or egg products - vegetables only
eat only the fruit of plants not the plant itself.
Characteristics and attention points
Vegetarian eating can meet all nutrient requirements.
Tends to be bulky
High water and high fibre content are common in vegetable foods.
The ability to create interesting dishes probably requires greater imagination than cooking with meat and is often relatively time consuming.
Two main approaches are adopted -
To produce foods that emulate meat dishes.
To produce foods that bear no relation to meat in flavour or texture.
Care is needed to ensure sufficient of certain nutrients
Identify the appropriate sources of:
For further Information see
The Vegetarian Society
Numerous types of special dietary or preparation requirements exist which are linked to religious practice for example:
What is a healthy diet?