How many vegetarians are there in India?
40% of the population.
In the State of the Nation survey in 2006,
31% are lacto-vegetarian
9% are lacto-ovo vegetarian
India has the most number of vegetarians. According to various sources (including Food and Agricultural Organization, UNO and United States Department of Agriculture, USA), about 30% (average of estimates) of Indian population is vegetarian. That means as of 2010 more than 300 million Indians are vegetarians. Indian vegetarians are rarely vegans and mostly lacto vegetarians (that is, vegetarians who consume milk, but not meat or eggs). There are substantial lacto ovo vegetarians (that is, who…
There are many kinds of vegetarians. Some eat eggs and dairy products. Those types of vegetarians are known as "Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians." There are also vegetarians, known as vegans, who eat no animal products, whatsoever, including eggs, dairy, and honey. Many vegetarians give up eggs because of the known suffering that exists within the egg industry, and some vegetarians give up eggs for health reasons.
About 50% of Indians are strict vegetarians. The other 50% eat non-veg food but not at every day or for every meal, unlike western or Muslim countries. Many Indian non-vegetarians eat meat only once a week or less. Some eat only for lunch....rarely for breakfast. Most people avoid meat on festivals or holy days or other days of religious significance.