Are vegetarian diets healthy?
If properly planned, vegetarian diets can provide all the nutrients you need. In addition to that, being a vegetarian can actually be better for you. In general, vegetarians:Reference 1
- Weigh less than people who eat meat.
- Are less likely to die of Reference heart disease Opens New Window.
- Have lower Reference cholesterol Opens New Window levels.
- Are less likely to get:
Good health could be related to a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Keep a balance
- Substitutes for
1 oz (28 g) of meat:
- ¼ cup cooked dried beans, peas, or lentils
- 1 egg or 2 egg whites, or ¼ cup egg substitute
- ½ oz (1 Tbsp) nuts or seeds
- ¼ cup tofu or tempeh
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- If you do not use milk, use soy milk fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. Count 1 cup (8 fl oz) as one serving. You can also use fortified soy cheese or soy yogurt.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator