A vegetarian is likely to experience gas, bloating and nausea after eating meat. The vegetarian's enzymes for animal protein digestion may have decreased, but if the vegetarian returns to a diet that includes meat, his body takes some time to adjust.
The Divine Caroline website quotes nutritionist Rania Batayneh as saying, "If you haven't consumed a type of food in a long time and you eat it, it just might take a longer time to digest, especially with meat." Because a vegetarian has a lower-fat diet, suddenly consuming a meat product that is high in fat also leads to uncomfortable digestion; eating leaner meats provides an easier transition to an omnivorous diet. "A person might have a little problem if he or she started right out on a huge steak," according to Professor Bjørn Skålhegg of the University of Oslo's Department of Nutrition. "Their body might not have sufficient levels of the right enzymes."
A small percentage of the population is allergic to certain meats; if a vegetarian has this type of allergy, he is likely to have an allergic reaction from ingesting a small amount of meat. Skålhegg indicates that a vegetarian diet does not necessarily lead to this type of food sensitivity, however.Learn More
A good low-carb, vegetarian diet includes enough sources of protein while avoiding meat and manages to stay between 50 and 150 grams of carbohydrates consumed per day. Non-starchy vegetables are the staple of such a diet due to their nutritional value and usually have 5 grams of carbs per serving or less. Leafy greens, mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach and broccoli are examples of low-carb vegetables.Full Answer >
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, individuals who are interested in switching to vegetarianism should try to make the transition as easy as possible by trying out vegetarian variations of their favorite recipes and incorporating meat substitutes into these recipes. PETA also recommends sampling pre-packaged vegetarian meals in an effort to maximize convenience without feeling overwhelmed. Many restaurants are also available that cater to the vegetarian lifestyle.Full Answer >
According to Princeton University, a lacto-ovo vegetarian is a person who doesn't consume animal flesh of any kind but does consume eggs and dairy products. In Western cultures, this is the most common form of vegetarianism.Full Answer >
Vegetarians don't eat tuna. Some who call themselves vegetarians opt to eat tuna and other fish, but the North American Vegetarian Society considers those people "would-be vegetarians."Full Answer >