Friday, March 18, 2016

Several types of vegetarianism

I had two questions about vegetarian food and they are:

(1) Do vegetarians eat egg?

(2) Can vegetarians eat butter?

I search on the internet for the answers and this is what I found on the internet. Now I learned that there are actually several types of vegetarianism, thought of sharing them here. The following information is from the internet.

There are several definitions for vegetarianism.

Veganism: A life-style wherein any dependence on animals is prohibited. It's not just eating meat, but buying leather shoes, wallets, woolen jackets is also prohibited. Eggs, milk, honey etc. are all prohibited because obtaining them involves troubling animals.

Vegetarianism: In the strictest sense, it is to eat only food that is derived out of plants. In different locations, different non-vegetarian foods are considered vegetarian. Note that vegetarianism is primarily a dietary consideration. Most vegetarians (at least in my country, India) do not have anything against purchasing leather products.

Lacto vegetarianism accepts milks apart from plant products. For example, in India milk is considered vegetarian because it does not  involve "killing" (as opposed to "troubling") animals. However, eggs are  not considered vegetarian (because, in olden days all eggs would fertilize into chickens). Butter is OK for these.

Ovo vegetarianism accepts egg and its derivatives but not diary products. Their argument is that industrial production of milk is extremely cruel because you always keep the cow pregnant (in order for her to lactate) and separate the calves from the cow very soon after birth (to "steal" the milk). [In India, until milk industry was taken over from cow-herd people, they were treated ethically. Now, that's not the case.] But egg-laying animals can be genetically modified to lay eggs that do not develop into younger ones [This sentence is totally lacking in technical terminology.]

Lacto-Ova vegetarianism accepts eggs and milk. Obviously, their argument is that so long as you do not  "directly" kill an animal for food, it's OK to depend on them. Butter is OK for these.

Pescetarianism accepts fish mostly along with eggs and milk. Their fundamental consideration against eating non-fish meat is that it is unhealthy, especially red meat. Pollotarians eat chicken and poultry but not meat from mammals. Pesce-pollotarians eat fish and poultry but not other meats. Most of these consume butter.

Each one has his/her own argument about what to eat and what not to eat. Most of the times the decision making factor is: what you've been taught in your childhood, what you like to eat and how good you are at convincing yourself that you are doing the right thing although deep down you know that the argument is not completely valid :)

12 comments:

mun said...

Seems like you are very interested in this subject to do so much research. Which vegetarian do you want to be?

Libby said...

I think I would like to be Lacto-Ova vegetarian as I hold the belief that so long as you do not "directly" kill, it is ok and I do not want to be too strict on myself but occasionally I will still eat meat as I admit that sometimes I do have craving for meat

Princess Ribbon said...

Some vegetarians I know eat both egg and butter.. They just don't eat meat and garlic.. They still eat fish..

Rose said...

Thanks for enlighten me.

Angeline アンゼリン said...

Libby good info for sharing here. Colleagues and myself sometimes will discuss this as a topic in the office. Some says can eat egg and some cannot.

Twilight Man said...

I am aware that there are several different vegetarian people in this world. I used to be confused when friends posed questions to me...

There is one so called cult practice in Taiwan where they could eat duck eggs except chicken eggs besides full vegetarian strictly.

CL (RealGunners) said...

"A life-style wherein any dependence on animals is prohibited" - By being alive, we are already competing for natural resources with animals, taking up space and eating food and generating electricity by destroying their natural habitat (dam for hydroelectric) or burning fossil fuel (polluting the environment and killing plants which affect animals food source too).

So if we follow this strictly, we should just commit suicide and kill off all humans. Maybe Hitler was a great vegan/environmentalist for ordering the mass genocide >.<

Phong Hong said...

Very interesting. So many variants of vegetarianism.

mun said...

Well said RG. The next best thing to not commit suicide is not to have children. One less human means more resources for the animals.

[SK] said...

surely there are different types of vegetarian but i did not know there is such a long list, haha.. thanks for sharing this, it's an eye opener.. :)

Libby said...

SK: How are you, SK? Glad to see you still commenting here

Huai Bin said...

Yeah, I somehow memorized all the different types while in uni coz so many people were some kind of vegetarian or straight out vegan in Melbourne. I don't know if it's just the crowd I hang out with, some were very healthy in all aspects, PETA member, vegan but likes to pop Ecstasy and experiments with other drugs too. LOL. I guess they're just being students.

I have a vegan friend though who's very strict, no cheating, she doesn't eat eggs, dairy etc. Survives on fruit and comes over several times a year for durian.