The History of Vegetarianism

Well, today is the very first day of October, but today is also World Vegetarian Day… Yes, but do you want to know what a vegetarian does? Well, vegetarians abstain from consuming meat, which happens to be meat of any kind, such as poultry, red meat, seafood; They do so for a variety of reasons, such as: Being out of respect for sentient life, or religious beliefs or even in the name of animal rights.

There are many kinds of vegetarian diets, in addition to the time-honored standard diet: There is the ovo-vegetarian diet that includes eggs but not dairy products, the ovo-lacto vegetarian diet that includes both eggs AND dairy products, and even a lacto-vegetarian diet, which includes dairy products but not eggs. There also happens to be another kind of diet, and that is called a vegan diet; With this diet, one must exclude ALL animal products, and that includes dairy and eggs while avoiding all animal products such as beeswax, as well as silk or leather clothing.

Now, as for how the term “vegetarian” came to be, this term has since been in use; However, it was first discovered to be written in use in 1839 in reference to what was previously described as a vegetable regiment or diet, which was for example in print way back in 1811. The term was then popularized with the foundation of the Vegetarian Society in Manchester in 1847, even though it may have been in print before.

To find out how vegetarianism got started, we need to go as very far back as early as the 7th century BCE, from the Indus Valley Civilization, in which the earliest record of vegetarianism comes from; the civilization was inculcating tolerance towards all living beings. In ancient Greece, vegetarianism was also practiced and the earliest reliable evidence for its theory and practice goes back from the 6th century BC in Greece. About six centuries later, vegetarianism had also been practiced in another instance, in 30 BCE-50 CE by the Moesi tribe in the northern Thracian region, in which they fed themselves on honey, milk, and cheese.

Vegetarianism had disappeared in late antiquity, following the Christianization of the Roman Empire in Europe, just as much as it happened elsewhere, with the exception of India; In medieval Europe, several orders of monks either banned or restricted the consumption of meat for ascetic reasons, although none of them eschewed fish. When it comes to the medieval definition of “fish”, they included such animals as seals, dolphins, beavers, and puffins.

During the Renaissance, vegetarianism began to re-emerge, then becoming widespread throughout the 19th as well as the 20th centuries. The very first Vegetarian Society was founded in the United Kingdom in 1847, and other countries followed, such as Germany. The International Vegetarian Union was founded in 1908, and it was an association of the national societies. Vegetarianism’s popularity began to grow in the Western world during the 20th century, and the result was of the concerns of the ethical, nutritional kind, not to mention the fact that it had more recently included concerns that are of the kind that are economic and environmental.

Now, a vegetarian diet is not ever without its health effects: People who switched to a vegetarian diet, or even a vegan diet, according to a review, have a decreased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease; However, according to a meta-analysis, it has found that vegetarianism may lower the risk of cancer as well as ischemic heart disease, but has no effect on overall mortality or even cerebrovascular disease. In addition, people who would rather switch to a vegetarian diet than anything else had been shown to prevent and treat such symptoms as gallstones, diabetes, osteoporosis, and renal disease, among others. Those who poorly plan a vegetarian diet can count on risking disorders of the hyperhomocysteinemia and platelet kind. To avoid this risk, one must rely on ensuring sufficient consumption of vitamin B12 and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

In the words of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Dietitians of Canada, they have stated that a properly planned vegetarian diet, at all stages of life, is “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provides health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” No wonder! 🍆😋

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