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Author(s): Baumgartner, Judith
1. The term ‘vegetarianism,’ defined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842 as meatless nutrition, is derived from vegetus (Lat., ‘alive’). This means that vegetarian food excludes the products of a slaughtered animal (including fish). Within the groups of persons who live according to vegetarian principles, there are three forms of diet:1 • Ovo-lacto-vegetarians constitute the largest group. These do consume milk, milk-products, and eggs, besides vegetable products. • Lactovegetarians avoid eggs, in addition to meat and fish. • The most rigorous section am…