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 (sĕm′ē-vĕj′ĭ-târ′ē-ən, sĕm′ī-)
Consisting mainly of vegetables and foods made from cereal grains, with occasional inclusion of fish, chicken, or red meat: a semivegetarian diet.

sem′i·veg′e·tar′i·an n.
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The data were then segmented into one of five dietary groups: vegan (no animal products), lacto-ovo-vegetarian (consumes dairy), pesco-vegetarian (consumes dairy and seafood), semivegetarian (occasionally eats meat), and non-vegetarian (regularly eats meat).
A large cross-sectional study (n = 156, 317 adults in the 20-49 age group) from the National Family Health Survey-3 conducted between 2005 and 2006 showed that lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, and semivegetarian diets were associated with lower prospects (~30%) of developing diabetes than pesco-vegetarian and nonvegetarian diets regardless of BMI [6].
[76] with 22 CD subjects showed that a semivegetarian diet, richer in plant foods, and therefore polyphenols, was more successful in maintaining remission over 2 years, compared to an omnivorous diet (94 versus 33%).
Researchers from Loma Linda University determined annual greenhouse gas emissions resulting from food choices of people eating what they termed vegetarian diets (meat less than once a month), semivegetarian diets (meat less than once a week), and nonvegetarian diets (1).
Henderson likes the kidney patient to consider a "semivegetarian" diet with rice, beans, and some animal protein.
The Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2), which comprised 73,308 participants, also analyzed semivegetarian and nonvegetarian diets, and found that vegetarians from all groups had an average 12 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality than nonvegetarians.
Blood pressure and blood lipids among vegetarian, semivegetarian, and nonvegetarian, African Americans.
The semivegetarian diet is usually a good option for kidney patients.