Everything You Need to Know
This is everything you need to know as a new vegetarian!
Types of Vegetarians:
Semi vegetarian: eats no red meat, but may eat poultry or fish. Semi vegetarians might also eat fish only, or eat meat very rarely.
Ovo-Lacto vegetarian: eats no meat or fish, but still eats animal products like eggs and milk.
Lacto vegetarian: eats no meat, fish, or eggs, but still eats milk products.
Vegan: eats no meat, fish, or any animal products like eggs or milk.
Strict vegan: does not consume or wear any products that come from animals (e.g., leather, fur, wool)
Common Reasons For Being Vegetarian:
Compassion for animals
Allergies/sensitivities to meat
Items that are not vegetarian:
Gelatin: found in things such as marshmallows, yogurt, mints, cereals, and many others. Made of crushed animal bones, skins, or horse hooves.
Rennet: found in cheeses, sometimes labeled "enzymes". Many cheese brands use vegetable enzymes. Most Sargento cheeses are vegetarian.
Carmine Cochineal: a red food coloring that comes from bugs.
Lard: animal fat, found in refried beans. Taco Bell does not use lard in their beans.
Animal Shortening: animal fat sometimes found in processed foods.
Sources of Protein:
~Peanut butter and other nut butters**
~Tofu, Textured Vegetable Protein, Tempeh, and other meat substitutes**
Most teens need 45-60 grams of protein daily.
Techniques for going vegetarian:
Overnight: For this method, it is recommended to pick a date to start.
Eliminating slowly (option one): Eliminate one type of meat at a time, going at whatever pace you are comfortable with.
Eliminating slowly (option two): Slowly stop eating meat, going at whatever pace you are comfortable with.
Some helpful sources:
Okay, So Now You're A Vegetarian , by Lauren Butts
A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian , by Judy Krizmanic