Vegetarianism and other special diets
see also Vegetable Protein
Why are people vegetarian?
There are many good reasons why people choose to be vegetarian these could include:
Moral grounds - objections to the Killing of animals
Health grounds - high levels of cholesterol and hormones in meat
Fashion - fashion dictates what we eat as well as what we wear!
Religion - different world religions give guidance on what can or should be eaten
Environmental - the meat industry is said to have a negative environmental impact
Vegetarians do not necessarily want healthier food than 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 when cooking vegetarian should probably be to produce food that tastes good without using any meat or animal product content. Sadly many Chefs seem to regard this as an inconvenience rather than a challenge, regarding Vegetarians as an annoyance. All we can say is WAKE UP
- will eat milk, dairy produce and eggs.
Lacto - vegetarian
Ovo - vegetarian
Characteristics and attention points
Vegetarian eating can meet all nutrient requirements, although some people argue that cetrtain types of protein and mineral intake are not easily obtained. Vegetarian food can have the following characteristics:
tend 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
Numerous types of special dietary or preparation requirements exist which are linked to religious practice for example:
The word "kosher" is used to describe ritual objects that are made in accordance with Jewish law and are fit for ritual use.
Traditional Jewish foods like knishes, bagels, blintzes, and matzah ball soup can all be non-kosher if not prepared in accordance with Jewish law.
that calls itself "kosher style" it usually means that it
serves traditional Jewish foods, but it almost invariably means that
the food is not actually kosher.
Modern scientific knowledge shows that there is no reason why camel or rabbit meat, both non kosher (or treyf), is any less healthy than cow or goat meat. However there is some evidence that eating meat and dairy together iis not good for digestion.
Source: Judaism 101
For Kosher recipes try koshercooking.com
Hindus offer food to God first before esting it snd believe that the food can have profound impact on one's life after all one is what one eats. The Hindu compassion for all living beings, lead Hindus to be vegetarian.
"It is therefore the duty of all scripturally and morally conscientious Hindus to embrace a strictly vegetarian diet, avoiding all forms of meat, fish, and eggs." hindunet.
There are some southern Indian hindu recipes on this site
This means "something that is lawful and permitted in Islam"
For a food to be Halal(lawful) for Muslim consumption all its ingredients should be Halal.
"Haram: Haram is a Quranic term which means prohibited or unlawful. Haram foods and drinks are absolutely prohibited by Allah."
"Mushbooh: Mushbooh is an Arabic term which means suspected. If one does not know the Halal or Harm status of a particular food or drink, such a food or drink is doubtful. A practicing Muslims prevents himself from consuming doubtful things."
Source and for a list of Halal and Haram foods see A guide to Halal food selection list
products are definitely Halal:
The foods that
most commonly cause anaphylaxis are:
Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar).
Glucose concentartes in the bloodstream causing the blood glucose or "sugar" to rise too high. There are two major types of diabetes.
Type 2 (also called adult-onset or non insulin-dependent) diabetes, the body produces insulin, but not enough to properly convert food into energy. This form of diabetes usually occurs in people who are over 40, overweight, and have a family history of diabetes.
For sources of information on Health Eating and Nutrition try:
What is a healthy diet?
Generally a healthy diet is characterised by:
6 portions of vegetables and fruit a day