Searching for Animal Friendly Diets

Animal Friendly Diets

Searching for the best diets can be a difficult task to undertake. Not every diet is for everyone. Depending on the types of foods that you want to eat or the moral standpoint you have on certain food types, you might choose between three very diverse and very specific diet types. These diet types include veganism, vegetarianism and Pescetarianism. Each one of these specific diets has its own benefits and drawbacks in the realms of health, energy and required vitamins and minerals.

For example, some people might choose to be a vegetarian because they do not agree with the consumption of animal meat and prefer a more organic and nature friendly grocery list. However, there are also benefits to only eating vegetables and fruits. Understanding each of these diets is the first step to deciding which diet is best for any type of animal.

Eating Organic: Veganism

Veganism is the consumption of absolutely no animal products at all. This is not only meats from animals, but also includes dairy products, eggs or honey. Basically it is the act of not consuming any food products that have been harvested from a living organism. Vegans only consume items that have been grown naturally. This often also includes foods that have been grown without the use of enhancing hormones or steroids as well as pesticides, herbicides or any other chemically-altering products on the food.

The benefits of being a vegan include being healthier in that you will not consume any chemicals or potentially damaging foods. You also have the benefit of consuming items that have gone through very little if any processing upon preparation for sale, meaning that preservatives or chemicals were not used to package the items; again, another non-chemical benefit to veganism.

The potential drawbacks to eating exclusively vegan diet is that fewer stores and restaurants will carry foods that you can eat, you will miss out on some of the calcium, protein and vitamins found in meats and animal-based products, and most vegan foods are less fulfilling and far less satisfying.

Vegetarianism: Plants and Minerals

Vegetarianism is a very similar diet type to veganism. Vegetarians abstain from the consumption of any animal meats or by-products. This includes any red meats, poultries, and any seafood. The primary difference between the vegetarian diet and the vegan diet is that vegetarians might still consume products that have gone through processing and may have since been chemically altered. Vegetarians might also eat items that were not grown from the earth. Vegans only eat earth-grown products where vegetarians only do not eat animal by products.

The benefits to partaking of a vegetarian diet are that it is a much healthier alternative when a person is pregnant or has a compromised immune system. Vegetarianism is also beneficial to fighting the symptoms of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Vegetarianism also provides people with a strong supply of vitamins and minerals.

Like any diet, vegetarianism also has several key drawbacks. These include an acute lack of protein, iron, calcium, fatty acids, and vitamin b12. This means that vegetarians will have some serious deficiencies in their bodies due to the lack of animal products. In some serious cases, vegetarianism is impossible, especially if a person has natural vitamin intolerance or a permanent stunted immune system.

Pescetarianism: A Fishy Diet

Pescetarianism is a diet that is not very widely practiced in the world. It includes the consumption of absolutely no meats except for seafood. However, unlike veganism and vegetarianism, Pescetarianism allows for the consumption of several select animal by-products including eggs, dairy and honey. Pescetarianism is widely practiced by sea-side cultures due to the abundance of fish and other seafood products. Pescetarianism is primarily practiced because it omits red meats and poultries, which can contain harmful chemicals and minerals, but still allows for the consumption of a good source of protein and other necessary vitamins not found in plants.

The benefits of Pescetarianism include the fact that fish and seafood contain many of the same beneficial vitamins and minerals that red meats do, but do not contain any of the harmful products found in red meats. Pescetarianism is very similar to vegetarianism in that it includes many of the beneficial vitamins from plants, but also contains proteins from meats.

The potential drawbacks to Pescetarianism are that many types of fish contain higher levels of toxic materials than some red meats do. This means that those who practice Pescetarianism are at a health risk of being infected with mercury poisoning or PCBs during regular meals.