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Total Vegetarian: Thrives solely on plant foods. Eats vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes. This regimen omits all animal foods including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, and honey.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: Eats no meat, poultry, or fish, but includes dairy products and eggs in the diet along with plant-based foods.

Lacto-Vegetarian:Excludes all animal products except dairy products. Includes all plant-based foods in the diet.

Ovo-Vegetarian: Excludes all animal products except eggs. Includes all plant-based foods in the diet.

Vegan or Pure Vegetarian: Vegan is pronounced "vee gun." Some people distinguish between vegan and pure vegetarian, considering the pure vegetarian one who eats no animal flesh, no dairy products, or no eggs, and follows a strict plant-based diet for dietary reasons only. While vegans follow a diet consisting of plant-based foods only, some are further committed to a philosophy that respects animal life and the ecology of the planet. As a result, vegans also do not eat honey because many bees are killed in the process of forced procreation to maintain the beehive and the continued production of honey. Vegans do not eat sugar, because sugar is clarified over animal bones in the final steps of refining the sugar. Vegans also avoid gelatin, which is made from the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals.

Because vegans consider the ecology of the planet a priority along with concern for animal rights, they shun the use of leather, wool, silk, goose down, and any foods or goods that have been processed using animal products. Their concern is that the planet's future resources have been harmed and animals have suffered in order for these products to come to market.

Fruitarian: The fruitarian has a simpler diet consisting only of fresh fruits and some vining foods that are technically considered fruits, but have been used as vegetables. These vegetable/fruits include cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados.

Raw Foodist: Those who follow the raw food diet include all fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and soaked and sprouted grains and legumes. Further, the raw foodist does not cook or heat the foods, but eats them only in their natural, raw state in order to preserve their valuable enzymes.