Pollotarianism is the practice of adhering to a diet that incorporates poultry as the only source of meat in an otherwise vegetarian diet.[1][2]

Chicken and vegetables; foodstuffs compatible with a pollotarian diet
A diet in which poultry is the only meat
Related Dietary Choices
Related diets
Diet classification table
Comparison of selected vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets (view template)
PlantsDairyEggsSeafoodPoultryAll other animals
Semi-vegetarianism Flexitarianism YesYesYesSometimesSometimesSometimes
Pollotarianism YesMaybeYesNoYesNo
Pescetarianism YesMaybeMaybeYesNoNo
Vegetarianism Lacto-ovo vegetarianism YesYesYesNoNoNo
Ovo vegetarianism YesNoYesNoNoNo
Lacto vegetarianism YesYesNoNoNoNo
Veganism YesNoNoNoNoNo

While pollo specifically means chicken in both Spanish and in Italian (with pollame meaning poultry in general in Italian), pollotarians are known to incorporate different forms of poultry, like duck and turkey in their diet.[3] Pollotarians may also eat dairy products.[4] The term "pollo-vegetarian" was first used in nutritional textbooks in the 1980s to describe a semi-vegetarian diet that incorporates poultry.[5][6][7] Historian Rod Preece describes pollotarians as "those who refrain from mammals but are willing to eat the flesh of birds notably chickens."[8]


Chauncey Depew was a pollotarian. In a 1925 interview aged 90, Depew stated that "For thirty years the only meat I've eaten has been poultry".[9]

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  1. Lagua, Rosalinda T; Claudio, Virginia S. (2012). Nutrition and Diet Therapy Reference Dictionary. Chapman & Hall. p. 356. ISBN 978-94-011-6880-9
  2. Chakrabarty, Kaveri; Chakrabarty, A. S. (2019). Textbook of Nutrition in Health and Disease. Springer. p. 296. ISBN 978-981-15-0961-2
  3. Miller, Korin. (2019). "The 7 Types Of Vegetarian Diets From Lacto-Ovo To Vegan, Explained By A Nutritionist". Women's Health. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  4. Hogan, Mary Ann; Wane, Daryle. (2002). Nutrition and Diet Therapy: Reviews & Rationales. Prentice Hall. p. 8. ISBN 978-0130304599
  5. Albala, Ken. (2015). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues, Volume 1. SAGE Publications. p. 1429. ISBN 978-14522-4301-6
  6. Green, Marilyn L; Harry, Joann. (1981). Nutrition in Contemporary Nursing Practice. Wiley. p. 205. ISBN 978-0471038924
  7. Guthrie, Helen Andrews. (1989). Introductory Nutrition. Times Mirror/Mosby College Publishing. p. 602. ISBN 9780801622014
  8. Preece, Rod. (2008). Sins of the Flesh: A History of Ethical Vegetarian Thought. UBC Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-7748-15093
  9. Depew, Chauncey (1925). "Give Human Nature a Chance". Collier's. 75: 15–48.
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