Would you be classified as a vegetarian in a research study if you enjoyed meat and poultry on occasion? No, you would not. You would be classified as "semi-vegetarian."
But much more importantly, what about the health consequences of enjoying meat and poultry on occasion? Would you still get the same health benefits as a vegetarian? What the research shows in this regard is similar health benefits for semi-vegetarians as compared with lacto-ovo vegetarians (consuming dairy, eggs, and plant foods) and pesco-vegetarians (consuming seafood and plant foods). In comparison to non-vegetarians, these groups have been shown to receive health benefits from their eating approach.
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