What is Flexitarian?
Flexitarian, also known as semi-vegetarian, is a term used to describe a dietary pattern that is primarily plant-based but allows for occasional consumption of meat or animal products. Flexitarians typically consume a predominantly plant-based diet that includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and plant-based protein sources such as tofu, tempeh, and plant-based milks.
However, unlike strict vegetarians or vegans, flexitarians may also choose to consume meat or animal products in small amounts on occasion, based on personal preferences, health needs, or cultural and social considerations.
Flexitarianism is often viewed as a flexible and inclusive approach to eating, as it allows individuals to prioritize plant-based foods while still enjoying the flexibility of occasional meat or animal product consumption. Some individuals may choose a flexitarian diet for health reasons, such as reducing their risk of chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes, while others may adopt this dietary pattern for environmental or ethical reasons, such as reducing their carbon footprint or supporting sustainable farming practices.
It's important to note that individual dietary preferences and requirements may vary, and it's always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making significant changes to one's diet.
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