21 Aug2008

I was looking up definitions of all kinds of feeding choices and was totally amused by this tongue-in-cheek article by William Safire in the New York Times, it is worth a pause and a read before you continue with this post and hopefully vote in the accompanying poll…

1. Carnivore – “any of an order of typically flesh-eating mammals that includes dogs, foxes, bears, cats, etc.”

2. Omnivore – “one who feeds on both animal and vegetable substances.”

3. Pescatarian “a vegetarian/(vegan?) whose diet includes fish.”

4. Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian – “eats milk, honey, eggs, vegetables and fruits.”

5. Lacto Vegetarian – “milk, veggies and fruit.”

6. Vegan/Herbivore? – “strict vegetarian with no animal sourced products included”

7. Fruitaran – “fruits and nuts only, harvested without hurting plant, some say only if already fallen off the tree or plant”

All of these are either Merriam Webster definitions, or other web-sourced definitions. So how would you describe yourself… please vote in the poll at right if it is still active. I was going to be cute and include one entry from the Urban dictionary, “Airatarian – one who consumes only air and water to prevent the slaughter of animals and vegetables.” I also thought about including a new category specifically for Lee, and possibly Joey, called “Pigatarian – one whose diet includes more than 50% pork products,” heeheehee…



  1. Doddie from Korea says:


    I would definitely belong to the last class but I would prefer to be called porcinian. LOL I guess I would be a animal-loving (read: red meat) omnivore.


    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:29 am


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  3. Monsters Inc. says:

    I’m definitely a carnivore! I can’t even stand eating fish for 3 consecutive days. I go nuts! But with meat (diff kinds), i’m happy. Hehehe.
    (already voted) :-)

    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:55 am

  4. Lei says:

    MM, I think that lacto vegetarian is one who partakes of vegetables, plus milk or dairy products, but minus the eggs. Kindly check if that is correct. One source I checked to verify: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacto_vegetarianism.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:57 am

  5. Monsters Inc. says:

    I am an omnivore sometimes too.
    I guess, depends on the mood. :-)

    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:57 am

  6. Topster says:

    Hi MM! I think I really cant restrict myself to any of those classifications, let’s just say I eat everything (meat, fish/seafood, veggies & fruits/nuts). Ooops, meaning I can stuff myself except for cat, dog, mouse and chicken feet and its head!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:05 am

  7. Lei says:

    Btw, I fondly recall the movie “Notting Hill” wherein Hugh Grant would go out on a date with a fruitarian and the girl would painstakingly explain to Hugh Grant what a fruitarian is.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:06 am

  8. Topster says:

    Hehe, should’ve written omnivore! my bad! =)

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:09 am

  9. AleXena says:

    I am an OMNIVORE:) I love my meat although I dont eat beef for the reason that I really am not fond of its taste=P but that’s just me hihihi=D

    I wanted to be a pescetarian but my intake of fish is limited as my weakness is “fishy” taste and I also can’t muster the strenghten to give-up my favorite meat, which is chicken.

    But as Im struggling to loose weight, I think I will eat more veggies. Got to browse you archives MarketMan for low-calorie yet delicious veggie recipes.=)

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:10 am

  10. Marketman says:

    Lei, you are right, I revised the entry, thanks!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:12 am

  11. Geordie says:

    I’m an omnivore.
    While in college, I had friends who were “Freegan”.
    Vegans who would eat meat if it was free.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:29 am

  12. Pia says:

    Too many “ians” and “isms.” By definition, I am an omnivore – I love food too much.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 9:46 am

  13. Hershey says:

    Omnivore since birth. 8-) I eat beef and pork but I don’t like mutton, never got used to the gamey taste. Last year I tried to be a practicing pescatarian when my LDL went alarmingly high. It lasted for about 5 months then I reverted. :-( But I eat meat moderately now.

    Belated Happy Birthday!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 10:05 am

  14. Lex says:

    Definitely omnivore. I eat everything as long as it is not too exotic like dogs, cats and weird stuff. Everything in moderation is best I guess. Certainly eat less red meat as I get older and eating more vegetables. So much great food to eat around. It is one of simple pleasures in life.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 10:17 am

  15. mary joan says:

    an omnivore. is there a dessertavore? i eat my dessert first before the meal and could live on desserts alone! hehehe

    Aug 21, 2008 | 10:18 am

  16. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    MM, how about “everytarian”, one who eats anything and everything…hehehe

    Aug 21, 2008 | 10:48 am

  17. lee says:


    Aug 21, 2008 | 11:39 am

  18. tnm says:

    Don’t forget the flexitarian. a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 11:40 am

  19. Fabian says:

    Omnivore.I don’t completely avoid any food in principle. :)

    I try to avoid however highly-processed foods. :D

    Aug 21, 2008 | 12:52 pm

  20. joey says:

    Pigatarian! Hehehe ;) Really, I am an Omnivore…I love the view from the top of the food chain! I try to eat responsibly though…no endangered species!

    Aug 21, 2008 | 4:21 pm

  21. Lee says:

    A Rotarian. Vegetarian today, carnivore tomorrow, lacto-ovo the day after… and on, and on, and on…

    Aug 21, 2008 | 5:16 pm

  22. noes says:

    I’m not vegan, for sure but I’m lacto-ovo vegetarian.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 7:12 pm

  23. alicia says:

    An omnivore thats especially happy to be on top of the food chain! (well, at least for now!)

    Aug 21, 2008 | 7:35 pm

  24. Rhea says:

    Omnivore! I love seafods… but after a few days of fish, I will always crave for pig… este pork pala. I don’t really eat much vegetable, except those in green salads. Pero isda man or pork or beef… I’m a food lover. :-)

    Aug 21, 2008 | 8:24 pm

  25. Apicio says:

    Pretty much as Lex

    Aug 21, 2008 | 10:37 pm

  26. zena says:

    Fooditarian. I eat just about all kinds of food. Meat, fruits, vegetables, camaro, dessert, coffee, alcohol. I draw the line at eating things that move, however.

    Aug 21, 2008 | 11:05 pm

  27. Mandy says:

    how about freegans–a movement getting quite popular in the US & UK. they scrounge around the trash bins of supermarkets, delis, restaurants for food that’s been chucked even they’re not yet expired or rotten. they even have tours for this. /:-P

    Aug 21, 2008 | 11:28 pm

  28. EbbaMyra says:

    At a young age, I taught my girls to have an open minds on different dishes from different cultures, kasi nga we live on a very diversified neighborhood, eh kung maimbitahan sila for dinner, they should try to taste the meal, then say no thanks if they don’t prefer it. Ako din ganuon, pero huwag lang talagang “snake” meat. Other exotic meat – aba hindi nyo ba alam kung ano ang contents ng siopao dun sa Old China Town in Ongpin and Quiapo. What about the ordinary hotdogs? Well, kung masarap at hindi natin alam kung ano yon, well…

    Aug 22, 2008 | 12:57 am

  29. Teresa says:

    I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian for almost a decade now. I miss a lot of Pinoy food because almost all recipes involve a sahog of pork, beef, fish or seafood. I do cook sometimes but I modify the recipe by removing the sahog. It doesn’t taste the same, of course. Hay, this will definitely make a trip to the Philippines very challenging.

    Aug 22, 2008 | 12:58 am

  30. estella says:

    ako rin eh everytarian…i like to try everything!

    Aug 22, 2008 | 5:21 am

  31. enteng says:

    i believe i’m a carnivore.

    Aug 22, 2008 | 8:07 am

  32. HD says:

    ayos yun a. everytarian… mukhang ganun din ako, kasi hindi naman ako limited sa meat and veggies, kahit ano basta masarap at walang lason :)

    Aug 22, 2008 | 9:05 am

  33. Tuesdayy says:

    I’m humanitarian..if it’s fit for human consumption, I’ll eat it.

    Aug 22, 2008 | 5:50 pm

  34. dhayL says:

    im 60% pigatarian and 40% omnivore! :)

    Aug 22, 2008 | 8:39 pm

  35. presentacion says:

    an omnivore with seafoods, i eat anything traditional as long as it’s clean and cooked properly.

    Aug 22, 2008 | 10:41 pm

  36. butsoy says:

    i couldn’t believe there ‘s a 2% fruitarian!to the fruitarians why are you looking at a foodblog??

    Aug 24, 2008 | 10:17 am

  37. Marketman says:

    butsoy, 2 votes for fruitarian, out of 400+, so just half of one percent…but yes, I wonder why they would be reading this blog as well, despite a few fruit and nut based entries over the months… I am pleasantly surprised by the number of pescatarians, however…

    Aug 25, 2008 | 3:56 pm

  38. Mila says:

    In case you haven’t read about this meme, there’s a list of 100 foods noted on the blog Very Good Taste, interesting choices of what all omnivores might want to try and eat at least once in their lives. I got a 79 out of 100. http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/#comment-975

    Aug 29, 2008 | 10:20 pm

  39. Jason says:

    I been told that vegans/vegetarians contrary to popular beliefs are not fond of animals. In fact they only eat fruits and vegetables because thay hate them and the best way to get rid of them is by consumption. Carnivores also love animals, they love them so much they can’t help but eat them. lol sorry my dad always use to tell me this when i was young just to make me eat my veges. I hated veges back then

    Oct 26, 2009 | 1:28 pm

  40. jaya says:


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