Interesting fact number one: Vegetarians eat a plant based diet. Now that might not seem interesting to you, but you’ll be surprised how many people think eating fish is vegetarianism. If you’ve opted for a semi vegetarian diet you will eat some meat products.
Interesting fact number two: Vegetarians make better lovers (you knew that was coming didn’t you!) It’s true, most libido boosting foods are fruit and veg. Bananas, avocados, celery, almonds and fenugreek are all foods that make you hot, steamy and very very sexy and are all staples in the vegetarian diet.
Interesting fact number three: There are records of vegetarianism from as early as ancient Greece and ancient India where the worship of animals forbade the consumption of them. Early Christianity more or less wiped out the practice and it did not re-emerge until the late 19th Century.
Interesting fact number four: More women than men are vegetarian but the jury is still out as to why. There are several theories but none proven.
Interesting fact number five: The ancient Greek translation of vegetarianism was ‘abstinence from beings with a soul’.
Interesting fact number six: Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians are not all anaemic and lacking in iron. There are great sources of iron in herbs, lentils, nuts and beans.
Interesting fact number seven: Famous vegetarians include: Albert Einstein, Pamela Anderson, Aristotle, Socrates, Ghandi, Leo Tolstoy, Damon Albarn, Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Sadie Frost, Joanna Lumley, Linda McCartney, Reese Witherspoon, and Lisa Simpson. Yes, Adolph Hitler did follow a vegetarian diet occasionally but this had everything to do with curing his horrific flatulence problem and nothing to do with his concern for animal welfare.
Interesting fact number eight: Yogis do not partake in the consumption of the flesh of any animal, it is against their faith and practice.
Interesting fact number nine: Indians make up over 70% of the global vegetarian population.
Interesting fact number ten: The next step form vegetarianism is of course vegan and the one on from that is fruitarianism, where you can eat plant based products as long as you don’t kill the plant. Fruit is fine because you do not kill the tree when you gather its crop but most other vegetables are a no go.