Is it possible vegetarianism in russia

Almost a textbook fact: the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, at the end of his days, refused to eat meat, seeing in his consumption the source of world evil. It would seem, well, where else should vegetarianism take root in Russia? However, our country is one of the most “uncomfortable” people living in the plant-based diet.

- The range of vegetarian products in stores is very limited.

- goods are not always faithfully labeled for the presence of components of animal origin in their composition

- vegetarian restaurants in all countries can be counted on the fingers

In short, in our country, as if vegetarians do not exist. In a sense, they, of course, exist, but this fact, as well as the question of providing them with good-quality food products, is definitely ignored. The situation is a little straightened for the time of Christian posts, but these are short-lived phenomena. Vegetarians in our country are too few for food manufacturers to make a serious bet on them. This is the commercial side of the issue.

And, as expected, official medicine often supports this position.

Historical type of food

Highlighting the numerous dangers of an exclusively vegetable diet (link), it is often said that such a diet is not peculiar to our latitudes. For example, in India, almost all-vegetarianism is promoted by the particularities of the climate, in which the inhabitants of this country have year-round access to a wide variety of plant foods. Under the conditions of a long Russian winter, only imported fruit becomes available. At the same time, it is not known what is more from such products: harm or benefit. After all, they are subjected to long-term storage of exposure to various chemicals, etc. Opponents of vegetarianism claim that, moreover, eating large amounts of fruits and nuts is not in the traditions of our country.

Do we really need meat?

Indeed, how much is a traditional Russian food ration tied to meat food? After all, the national dish we have bread and salt. Yes, and what from time immemorial ate in Russia? Traditionally, the use of various cereals and cereals: cereals, dishes based on peas and lentils, krepeniki, pancakes, oat jelly, casseroles. There are also quite vegetarian lenten soup, mushroom and vegetable dishes. Looking closely at the traditional Russian cuisine, you come to the conclusion that it was the vegetable food that formed the basis of the diet, and the meat and animal products were consumed in relatively small amounts. The diet of the Russian man was close to flexitarianism or ovolactic vegetarianism.

The historical fact deserves special attention: at the end of the 19th century, vegetarianism became widely spread among the educated strata of society. In the pre-October Russian period, vegetarian societies were created, specialized canteens, and even whole settlements of vegetarians. This was reflected in the periodicals of that time - the magazines "Natural Life and Vegetarianism", "Vegetarian Messenger" and so on were published.

And what to go far, if you remember the dashing 90s of the last century, when most of the population fed on food grown in their own gardens and cottages, the conclusion is: Russia is a country with rich vegetarian traditions!

Peculiarities of Russian vegetarianism

However, our vegetarianism is very different from a similar phenomenon in India and the countries of the East. First, the amount of animal products we still consume is negligible, so the best for us would be ovolactic vegetarianism, in which food is consumed milk and eggs. However, if desired, and small adjustments to the diet can be without prejudice to health to pass on strict vegetarianism.

Unlike India, in our country the use of cereals and cereals should prevail over fruits and nuts. Of particular importance is the preparation of products for future use, for the winter, which disagrees with one of the principles of vegetarianism: the consumption of products in a freshly prepared form. Distinguishing there is not going anywhere! It is the nutrients from products grown in the native region that are best absorbed. Therefore, you can practice conservation, freezing, salting, etc. Sugar is also used to preserve fruits - this is inevitable. But this is a product, though not of animal origin, but not very useful. Alas! But a sense of proportion is the key to success in everything.

We have something to learn from other nations. It makes no sense to reject the achievements of other countries, relying only on their own traditions! You can learn some tricks that allow you to increase the nutritional value of foods. So, for example, using beans with tofu, we get the same set of amino acids as in meat, moreover in an excellent proportion for learning. There are also a lot of vegetarian dishes of traditional oriental cuisine that can diversify your diet.

Especially for - Olga Farusy

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