Getting the best from a Vegetarian diet
Contributed by VeggieGirl
A well-planned vegetarian diet is a healthy way to meet your
nutritional needs. Find out what you need to know about a plant-based
Adopting a healthy vegetarian diet isn't as simple as scraping meat
off your plate and eating what's left. You need to take extra steps to
ensure you're meeting your daily nutritional needs.
A healthy vegetarian diet consists primarily of plant-based foods,
such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Because the emphasis is on nonmeat food sources, a vegetarian diet
generally contains less fat and cholesterol, and typically includes
To keep your vegetarian diet on track, you may find using a vegetarian
food pyramid helpful. This pyramid outlines various food groups and
food choices that, if eaten in the right quantities, form the
foundation of a healthy vegetarian diet.
No matter what your age or situation, a well-planned vegetarian diet
can meet your nutritional needs. Even children and teenagers can do
well on a plant-based diet, as can older people, and pregnant or
breast-feeding women. If you're unsure whether a vegetarian diet is
right for you, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.
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