Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Make a Vegetarian Diet Healthier

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Make a Vegetarian Diet Healthier

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Why do so many people call themselves vegetarians these days? One reason is that vegetarian diets are typically lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and higher in fiber than nonvegetarian diets, and these benefits have become very important to people who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity or who want to prevent such problems.

But this doesn't make a vegetarian diet automatically healthier. For example, a "lacto-ovo vegetarian" (who eats dairy products and eggs) can really pile on the saturated fat in butter, cream and cheese. Likewise, potato chips and candy-snack foods that fall under the vegetarian headingtypically contain a lot of fat and calories but not much in the way of nutrients.

The point is that vegetarian diets also need to be planned with a person's nutritional needs in mind. Here are some suggestions and ideas for healthy vegetarianism:

SOYBEAN-BASED PRODUCTS LIKE TOFU AND TEMPEH as well as nuts, beans and seeds are especially important for "vegans" (who eat no animal products at all, including eggs and dairy foods). The soy items, beans and nuts provide the calcium others get from milk, yogurt and cheese. Many of these foods also contain iron, which vegetarians miss when they forego eating beef and poultry. …

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