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Veg or non-veg, eat what's good for you

Veg or non-veg, eat what's good for you

A lot has been said in the last few years about non-veg foods by doctors, nutritionists, health freaks, environment activists, animal-welfare organisations and meat companies. Whether these statements have been positive or negative, the world population has neither gone totally vegetarian nor has every person taken to meat eating. While the conversion from one food habit to another continues, let us take a look at some of the differences between non-vegetarian foods on the one hand and vegetarian foods on the other.

In the West, foods are broadly classified into animal foods and plant foods. Animal foods include all foods that come from non-plant sources like meat, fish, egg and dairy products. However, in India, we talk of non-vegetarian foods and vegetarian foods. While some believe that vegetarians are those who take only plant foods and dairy products, some others include eggs in the vegetarian list and a few think of fish as a vegetarian food. Vegetarians are of three types -vegans (eat only plant foods), lacto-vegetarians (plant foods + dairy products) and lacto-ovo vegetarians (plant foods + dairy + egg). For convenience sake, in this article, I shall refer to plant and dairy foods as vegetarian and all others as non-vegetarian foods.