Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Food Revolution: Going Vegetarian: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Food Revolution: Going Vegetarian: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch

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By Dana Meachen Rau. $25.49. 64 pp. Compass Point Books. Minneapolis, MN. 2012. ISBN: 9780756545222.

Many middle and high school students consider challenging themselves to adopt a diet not centered on animals. This simple and informative book can help them decide if vegetarianism is right for them.

People are vegetarians for various reasons. A plant-based diet is healthful, ecologically beneficial, and, for some, a cultural or religious tradition. Vegetarians are grouped into six types: Ovolacto vegetarians don't eat meat but do eat eggs and dairy; ovo vegetarians eat eggs but no meat or dairy; lacto vegetarians eat dairy but no meat or eggs; pesci-vegetarians eat fish but no other meat; flexitarians eat meat occasionally, and vegans eat no animal products at all.

The book focuses on the ovo-lacto lifestyle. It details the disadvantages of eating meat--higher saturated fat and cholesterol and the possibility that it can harbor toxins, antibiotics, hormones, and E. coli. Also noted is that raising animals threatens forest land, uses massive amounts of water, contributes to climate change, and often involves mistreatment of animals. …

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