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Research on Vegetarianism. Vegetarianism is a popular choice for many individuals and families. But parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all necessary nutrients.

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Research on Vegetarianism! Issue 1 So what is a vegetarian? Vegetarianism is the practice of a diet that excludes meat (including game and slaughter by products), fish (including shellfish and other sea animals) and poultry. There are several variants of the diet, some of which also exclude eggs or some products produced from other animal labour such as dairy products and honey. The reasons for an adolescent choosing vegetarianism may be related to morality, religion, culture, environment, society, taste, or health. Recent studies show that a record breaking 3 million people in the UK alone have become vegetarians since 1995. What Foods can a vegetarian eat? Vegetarians can basically eat anything that is not meat. In some cases some vegetarians will not eat anything that animal products are used to make other products, Such as milk and Butter. Vegetarians can food such as, potatoes, stir-fry's, pasta dishes and many more. Children & Vegetarianism Vegetarianism is a popular choice for many individuals and families. But parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all necessary nutrients. Most dietary and medical experts agree that a well-planned vegetarian diet can actually be a very healthy way to eat. But special care must be taken when serving kids and teens a vegetarian diet, especially if it doesn't include dairy and egg products. And as with any diet, you'll need to understand that the nutritional needs of kids change as they grow. Types of vegetarians! Many people do not realize or understand that there are different types of vegetarians. Each individual vegetarian has his or her own personal reasons for choosing their diet, and these reasons determine exactly on what foods they eliminate. I have researched the following information on the different types of vegetarian's. The link I used for the following types of vegetarians was, "www.msu.edu/user/daenzerr/rd491/types.htm" * Vegans: vegans not only omit all animal products from their diets, but they also eliminate all milk and dairy products. ...read more.

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One of the females aged 15-17 years of age that took my survey had even quoted, "the reason I became a vegetarian is because a lot of celebrities are becoming vegetarians now a day's". I also think that the reason for there being fewer males than females is because being a vegetarian may not be a trend that boys would go for. Some boys may be scared in-case their friends might laugh at them for becoming a vegetarian. He may not fit in with the crowd at dinner time, whereas girls may just accept the fact that they have a vegetarian friend. Conclusion As you can see from the bar chart, people seem to prefer freshly made meals than readymade meals. But why is this? I think that the reason behind these adolescents choosing freshly made meals is because readymade meals would contain preservatives, for example, sugar, salt and other additives. Or maybe it's because freshly made meals are always going to be literally "fresh!" Conclusion As you can see from the information above most people had become vegetarians because of animal welfare. I think the reason for this is because adolescents may have watched certain programmes to do with animals getting slaughtered and adolescents may find it wrong to eat these animals. I was very surprised to even see the category "Brought up a vegetarian" in my answers because not many young children would stick to a strict vegetarian diet for their whole life. Even up to the age of 18 years of age. Conclusion As you can see from the following results, there was more people aged 15-17 than there was in any other age group. I think the reason for this is because of the maturity levels that this age group may have. It may also be a trend that certain friends may have. Or maybe could it be that adolescents at the age of 15-17 think a lot more about their health and fitness. ...read more.

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I always thought that being a vegetarian was a very healthy choice for an adolescent could make. The most surprising thing I saw from my surveys was that 64% of adolescents became vegetarians because of animal warfare. I always thought that adolescents became vegetarians because they may not have liked the taste or maybe because it was a particular trend. Evaluation This piece of coursework was definitely one of my favourite pieces of work throughout all my subjects. The reason for this is because of the independence of having to pick your own topic and research it yourself without any help. It's just something different from every other subject. I really enjoyed learning about vegetarianism and learning about the benefits, risks and different types of vegetarians. My favourite part of the coursework was seeing it all coming together and having it finalised and finished. The thing that I disliked the most about this coursework was the fact that I had to read so much writing in order to get what I was looking for. If I was to change anything about the way I done this coursework I would give out more surveys to give me more reliable statistics and would interview a few more people with better questions and more detailed questions. This would leave me with more detailed answers. If I had to re-do this coursework again I would definitely spend more time preparing it before I actually started researching and typing up. I would also research a more variety of websites and get more information on the benefits and risks of being a vegetarian. I think the most useful resource that I used as definitely the internet. I used two particular websites for all three of my issues. The most informative website was www.brown.edu. This website gave me loads of information on the benefits of being a vegetarian and also the risks of being a vegetarian. This website also offers: Dietary guidelines A food guide pyramid Meal planning Sports nutrition And Vegetarian supplements http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/82f4780aa066f8d7cc2570bb006b5d4d/a3099a0c8324579dcc256df20019699e?OpenDocument http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/Health-problems/Osteoporosis-researchAltTherapies.htm#Vegetarianism%20&%20Osteoporosis http://www.vegsoc.org/newveg/kickstart/substitutes.html ?? ?? ?? ?? Vegetarianism ...read more.

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