We are what we eat

I was once on a business trip when one of the shuttle driver started a casual conversation while driving me to office. He asked about my dietary habit so that he can suggest some good eateries around. I said “I am a non-vegetarian but I only eat egg, fish and chicken“. He realized my dietary knowledge is old-school and offered to enlighten my vocabulary.

Essentially the terms, vegetarian and non-vegetarian are considered passé(in the USA, at least) and more precise terms have emerged. They are broadly categorized under vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets.

Here’s a precise list of those terms with their meaning:

Vegetarian Diets:

  • Lacto-vegetarian: A person whose diet includes dairy products like milk, butter, and cheese but no meat and fish.
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian/ Ovo-lacto-vegetarian : One who does not consumes red meat, white meat, fish or fowl. However, they do consume dairy products and egg products.
  • Fruitarian: One whose diet is predominantly raw fruits.
  • Vegan: A person whose diet excludes any animal products (meat) or bi-products (i.e. eggs, milk, wool, leather, etc).

Semi-vegetarian Diets:

  • Pescetarian: A person whose diet excludes land animals and birds, but includes fish and crustaceans in addition to fruits, vegetables, plants, legumes, nuts, and grains.  Eggs and dairy may or may not be present in the pescetarian’s diet.
  • Pollotarian: A person who diet includes no red meat, but does include chicken, turkey and other poultry. They may or may not also exclude fish or products like eggs and dairy from their diet.
  • Ovo-vegetarian: A person whose diet includes Eggs, but no dairy and meat.
  • Pesco-vegetarian/Pesce-vegetarian : A person that does not eat meat, but accepts other animal products such as seafood, eggs and dairy products


Hope this helps you identify your diet too! Happy Munching ❤


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