The vegetarian basics
Find out more about the different types of vegetarianism.

What is vegetarianism?

The word vegetarian is extracted from the term ‘vegetable’ and the suffix ‘arian’ according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Early vegetarians claimed to have named the diet after the Latin word ‘vegetus’ which means lively and is how these vegetarians claimed the diet made them feel.

Vegetarianism is the practice of a diet that excludes all animal flesh, including poultry ( eg. chicken), game ( eg kudu), fish ( eg. snoek), shellfish or crustacea (eg. crab) and slaughter by-products.

What are the different variants of the vegetarian diets?

There are several variations of the diet, some of which also exclude eggs and/or some products produced from animal labor such as dairy products and honey.

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