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The Unique Sacrifices of the Jain Diet

 



Jainism goes much further than standard vegetarianism. As well as not eating meat, gelatin, and eggs, those following a Jain diet are also forbidden from eating anything which grows underground. Jainism is founded on a philosophy of non-violence, which extends to not committing violence against plants. Since bulbs have the potential to sprout and grow, Jains see the plucking of such vegetables from the ground as killing the entire plant, and therefore refuse to eat them