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Types of Diets: What You Need to Know

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Vegan. Vegetarian. Pescetarian. Gluten-free. What does it all mean? These different types of diets can be difficult to keep track of and even more difficult to follow. Ward’s Supermarket is committed to making both easier.

Here are a few of the types of diets explained.

Types of Diets

Vegetarian

Vegetarians eat only vegetables. They do not eat meat, including fish and poultry. Most of a vegetarian’s protein comes from beans, grains, and nuts.

Vegetarian diets are typically lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, making it a great diet for heart health. Many other health benefits of a vegetarian diet also exist, including

  • Decreased risks of cancer
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • More

Sometimes vegetarians, pescetarians, and vegans need additional supplements to help get necessary nutrients. If you’re considering one of these diets, make sure to do research or consult a doctor.

Pescetarian

Pescetarian diets are very similar to those of vegetarians, but pescetarians eat fish. Pescetarianism carries many of the same benefits of vegetarianism, but it also gives you additional fatty acids memory, hair, skin, and more. Additionally, studies have found pescetarianism lowers the risk of bowel cancer.

Vegan

Like vegetarians, vegans don’t eat meat, including fish and poultry. Additionally, vegans don’t eat animal by-products, including eggs and honey. Many vegetarians also refrain from buying products made from animals or animal by-products, like soaps, fur, silk, and certain cosmetics.

Vegans typically have a lower BMI than meat eaters and experience the same health benefits as vegetarians.

Gluten-Free

Gluten-Free diets are most common among people who suffer from celiac disease. With celiac disease, gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines, so it’s best to avoid gluten. Some people who don’t have celiac disease also experience gluten sensitivity and refrain from eating gluten.

Foods high in gluten include:

  • bread
  • pasta
  • crackers
  • seasonings

Substitutes

Though these diets call for removing certain foods from your diet, substitutes exist to make almost any meal possible for any diet. There are gluten-free breads, desserts, and more, and tofu and other meat substitutes.

Ward’s Supermarket is committed to serving a diverse clientele with a lot of options. Because of that, we carry food for every diet.

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