People who are vegetarians do not consume meat or meat products. They refrain from eating red meat, poultry, sea-food and by-products of animal slaughter. Since eggs come from chicken, it is usually a question "do vegetarians eat eggs?" In this article, you will get the answer.

Types of Vegetarians

University of San Diego states that including eggs in your vegetarian diet will depend on the type of vegetarianism being followed. There are various types of vegetarianisms and each one has unique restrictions of its own. Some of them allow eggs to be included in the diet, while some do not.

Pescatarians

People who do not eat meat or animal flesh except fish are described as Pescatarians, which is not used very frequently. Many people are turning towards this type of diet. It acts like a stepping stone towards a completely vegetarian diet and also has health benefits because of fish inclusion.

Semi-Vegetarians

Semi-vegetarians or "Flexitarians" are people who are flexible in the kind of food they eat. They usually restrict themselves to vegetarian diet, but on occasions have meat as well. 

Vegetarians

Most vegetarians fall in the category of lacto-ovo-vegetarians, meaning they eat egg and dairy products. However, they avoid beef, pork, poultry, sea-food and flesh of any kinds.

Lacto–Vegetarians

Lacto means milk and lacto-vegetarians are people who abstain from meat, poultry, sea-food and eggs. They consume dairy products. Most Hindu vegetarians are Lacto-vegetarians.

Ovo-Vegetarians

Vegetarians who avoid meat and dairy products, but consume eggs are termed as ovo-vegetarians. People who are lactose intolerant usually turn ovo-vegetarians. Like Lacto, the term ovo is a Latin word for egg.

Vegan

Vegans are the strictest type of vegetarians who abstain from eating eggs, dairy products, any animal products and products derived from animals. They refrain from eating any products which are made using animal products or contain even traces of animal products like gelatin. There is a debate whether honey can fit into a vegan diet.

Raw Vegan

Foodists who believe that cooking foods above 115 degrees F will lose a lot of nutritive content, usually turn to raw vegan diet. For raw vegan, they consume unprocessed vegan foods which are not heated above 115 degrees F.

Do Vegetarians Eat Eggs?

Types of Vegetarians

Eat Eggs or Not

Pescatarians

No

Semi-vegetarians

Yes

Vegetarians

Yes

Lacto-vegetarians

No

Ovo-vegetarians

Yes

Vegan

No

Raw vegan

No

Nutrition of Eggs

Eggs are nutritionally very rich while giving a small number of calories. According to the American Egg Board, one whole egg gives 70 calories, 6.29 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, 212 mg of cholesterol and trace of carbohydrates.

The 5 grams of fat are composed of 1.55 grams of saturated fats, 1.9 grams of MUFS and 0.68 grams of PUFA. The egg yolk contains vitamin A, D and Choline. Consuming egg white eliminates the fat and reduces the calories to 17 per egg white.

However, anyone who is planning to reduce the fat or cholesterol intake, they should reduce the egg intake. The American Heart Association recommends not more than 4 eggs per week whereas the Australian Heart Foundation recommends up to 6 eggs per week. You can decide to choose which regulation to follow according to your health condition. 

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  • anonymousMay.5 19:40
    I stopped eating all eggs after I saw a video of male chicks being ground up alive. I gave up meat because of health concerns, but I gave up eggs because the egg/chicken industry disgusted me.
  • AnonymousMar.26 19:28
    Some people are commenting saying that eating an egg is worse than eating a chicken because the baby chicken has no chance to live. This is not true as an egg is basically a chicken's period. Not to gross you out or anything. The point is eggs that you consume aren't baby chickens.
  • Really, Simon? An egg is not an embryo unless it has been fertilized by a rooster. Fertilized eggs are not sold in stores. This must mean that you believe women are murderers for having their monthly cycle! Their eggs aren't fertilized, so they haven't even given the baby a chance to live! Sounds stupid, doesn't it?
  • Simon johnstonFeb.5 23:28
    If someone is vegetarian and won't eat a chicken then why would they eat a chicken embrio? Surely that's worse? They haven't even given the baby chicken a chance to live? Sounds very hypocritical to me!!
  • JoeFeb.28 21:57
    @ : The eggs that are produced commercially for consumption are unfertilized. That being said, the egg industry does do some pretty horrible things, but purely in the context of comparing the morality of eating an egg vs eating a chicken's flesh, eating an unfertilized egg isn't very damning.
  • TimMar.14 01:14
    @ : Eggs are not embryos. Eggs are the unfertilized material that once fertilized become embryos. So eggs are raw material unyet fertilized unyet any form of life. To appreciate genetic science helps.
  • Anonymous Dec.27 16:22
    How does any association know what's best for each individual? We hear how healthy something is and then we hear that you can't consume no more than so many a day or week, drugs are given to us for remedies for sickness yet the side effects to those drugs are not worth the risk. When did an association begin telling me what to eat or how much? People wake up, can't you see the control factor they're throwing on you and we just sit idly by and allow it. Any organization, association, group, person, or whatever has not power over you unless you give it to them. Wake up!!!
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