Vegetarianism Is Gaining Popularity!

Food and nutrition

Published on 5 March 2018
by Isabelle Huot

Vegetarianism and even veganism are more popular than ever. People who follow vegetarian diets are healthier. Eating so many vegetables and healthy fats can only be beneficial. This type of diet is associated with a reduced risk of obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.


Vegetarianism can be divided into several variants based on the foods that are excluded from each diet. The more foods that are eliminated from a diet, the higher the risk of nutritional deficiencies. A perfectly balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can, however, meet all dietary requirements.


  • Strict vegetarian or vegan: All animal products and by-products are avoided. Meat, eggs, dairy, and even honey are not consumed.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian: This diet excludes meat and fish, but not dairy products or eggs.
  • Pescatarian: Fish and shellfish are added to the diet. Animal by-products such as dairy and eggs are also included.
  • Semi-vegetarian: Meat is not consumed, but poultry is.
  • Flexitarian: Everything can be eaten, but meat consumption is significantly reduced.


Improve your diet by using vegetarianism as inspiration:

  • Replace meat with tofu, tempeh, legumes, and the like.
  • Try non-dairy beverages, such as unsweetened soy milk. It can replace milk in cereal or rice pudding, for example. With more protein than almond, rice, and coconut milk, it’s a better choice!
  • Eat more nuts and grains, which are high in healthy fats and fibre.
Isabelle Huot
Doctor in nutrition