The Lacto Vegetarianism Diet
Following mainly a vegetarian based diet, it differs only slightly in terms of what is deemed acceptable to eat, for either moral, lawful or nutritional reasons. A lactarian; taken from the lating word "Lactis", translated to milk. A lacto vegetarian includes in their diet a variety of dairy based products, including butter, cream, cheese and milk and will commonly exclude eggs from the diet.
Those that do include eggs in their diet are known as Ovo-lacto vegetarians.
Standard vegetarianisms apply though and the diet mainly consists of Fruits, Nuts, Beans and Vegetables. Starchy carbohydrates tend to be more socially acceptable in Western areas of the world , where crops for root vegetables are much more common in agriculture.
It has also become common in more recent years to avoid foods containing gelatin or rennet, which are both bi-products of animals. Gelatin is a brittle flavourless form of collagen and rennet is construct of enzymes often found in the stomach, rennet is more commonly used in the production of cheese.
In more recent times and with the creation of modified and chemically created foods, the morally acceptable lines and nutritional value of the diet come into question, while more foods are being artificially designed to provide a wider range to dieters, the debate over their nutritional value grows. Acceptable meat substitutes are becoming more prominent in the diet, food stuffs like Quorn are created to encourage an alternative option.
The idea of Lacto vegetarianism originates from the practices of ancient India, derived from Buddhist lifestyle and adapted over the years for modern living. You will still find the largest populace of vegetarians today based in India however the concept has spread far through Asia and is extending through to many Western nations.
The lacto vegetarian diet is based of the principle Ahimsa, meaning non-violent. It incorporates this base belief and extended it to incorporate the idea that even while dairy products such as milk, do come from animal, the process itself is naturally occurring does not constitute as harm. Eggs are removed from the diet based on this same principle, in this case the act of stopping or harming potential life is considered detrimental to the lifestyle choice.
The vegetarian lifestyle can be exceptionally healthy if structured, it is always best to seek professional input on your dietary habits before making major changes and if the diet is not properly monitored it can lead to vitamin deficiencies.