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Eating Healthy For Vegetarians

The vegetarian way of eating can be a very healthy style of eating. But the rules of healthy eating still apply. You still need to add variety with balance, and moderation.

A vegetarian is someone who avoids all types of meat, whether it is hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, or even fish. Vegetarians are sometimes classified by the type of food they are or aren't willing to eat. For example, Lacto-ovo vegetarians will avoid animal flesh, yet they will eat eggs and most dairy products. A Vegan on the other hand, will avoid all food that has any trace of animal origin.

Because vegetarians don't eat meat they often wonder if they are getting enough protein. Although you may not realize it, the average American consumes more protein than he actually needs. For the lacto-ovo vegetarian, dairy products are an excellent source of protein. Vegans on the other hand, get their protein from nuts, seeds, and soy products.

A staple for vegetarians is the bean. Tthere are several types of beans to choose from, including peanuts, split peas, pinto beans, soy beans or nuts, kidney beans, and many more.

Some of them you are already familiar, such as kidney beans in chili, refried beans in Mexican dishes, red beans and rice, and pinto beans. Although some beans taste good as they are, others are available with different flavors to help enhance their taste.

Nuts are high in protein,although they deliver a lot more

fat than beans, which means you should enjoy them in moderation. One cup of cooked beans supplies the same amount of protein as eating two ounces of meat!

Since vegans avoid all types of animal food they should be concerned with getting enough vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D. In the average North American diet, the primary source for B12 is animals. To have an adequate intake of B12, vegans should regularly consume vitamin B12 supplements or foods which contain vitamin B12, such as soy products or milk.

Vegans can rely on orange juice or soy milk for calcium as they are calcium fortified. Beans and leafy green vegetables also contain some calcium as well.

Although all types of vegetarians rely on simple food groups, controlling your vitamins and calcium intake is something you should always do. This is very important for eating healthy, as well as staying healthy. If you control what you eat, you'll have many years of healthy eating ahead of you.

Paul Webb

Paul Webb-Paul is the owner of several websites concerning health and fitness. He is a firm believer in exercise and health and has more articles,and information on health and fitness on his websites. You can visit him at or

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