A vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat, including beef, poultry, fish and their
by-products. Products derived from animal carcasses, such as lard, tallow, gelatin, rennet and cochineal, with or
without the use of dairy products or eggs are also not eaten by a vegetarian.
There are some vegetarians who follow the diet closely and choose to avoid wearing
any clothings or materials that are made from animals such as leather, silk, fur and many types of
Most vegetarians in Singapore are usually devout Buddhists, for it is
against a major belief of Buddhism as it signifies the consumption of food at the expense of
another sentient living being's existence. however, there are some non-Buddhist vegetarians as
well, as they could have some medical reasons for not consuming meat.
There is also a large Indian community who is on vegetarian diet, and many many of them enjoy very good health. Therefore, in spite
of Man's omnivorous history, today vegetarians exists round the world.
Vegetarians in Singapore are not deprived of a variety of food catered to them; be it hawker centres, food courts
or even vegetarian restaurants, there exists a vegetarian section.
Vegetarians too, have much lower cholesterol levels than people who eat meat. Heart diseases is also less likely
amongst them, as does cancer, compared to non-vegetarians. Cases of breast cancer are much lower in countries that
have low meat diets.
Vegetarians consume more antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotenes and
phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are components in plants that help to prevent certain diseases. Antioxidants
decrease the chance of contracting heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Essentially, vegetables contain a lot of fibre and nutrients, which are highly beneficial to just about anybody.
Distinct advantages include a better digestive system, better skin complexion. In the long run, it would only proof
advantageous to your overall well being and and ensure you a healthy body.