Vegetarian diets: How to get sufficient nutrients
More and more people are opting to become vegetarians today. The reasons to embrace a plant-based lifestyle vary widely and include health, religious, and spiritual motivations.
But despite the “why,” the most important area to keep in mind—especially during this March, which is National Nutrition Month—is ensuring that children and adults who maintain a vegetarian diet get adequate vitamins and nutrients.
Meal-planning may take a bit more time, at least at first, but the chart below, which displays nutrients and sources of nutrients, will help in planning for a vegetarian diet.
We know that vegetarian dates have been found to be associated with lower cholesterol levels, lower cancer rates, and lower rates for developing type 2 diabetes. If you choose to maintain a vegetarian diet, take time this Nutrition Month to ensure that you’re getting adequate protein.
Let us know – what are your favorite vegetarian meals and recipes?
–Kristi King, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital